Eight great players who never won a Six Nations winner’s medal
The ‘show us your medals’ brigade would have a hard time criticising these superstars, although none have claimed Europe’s biggest prize…
1. ANDY GOODE – England
Andy Goode was for many years the metronomic core of Leicester Tigers’ backline, a reliable goal-kicker and an excellent tactician. However, despite winning 17 caps and featuring in three Six Nations campaigns, the popular fly-half was never able to win the big one. The nearest he came was in 2009 when, with Goode playing in all five matches, England finished as runners-up to Ireland
2. KEITH WOOD – Ireland
Keith Wood is one of Ireland’s most iconic rugby players. A hard-nosed, driven player, Wood excelled at hooker for Ireland and the British and Irish Lions over an international career that spanned nine years. He was also the first ever World Players of the year in 2001. However, a Five/Six Nations avoided him during his career, with the hooker coming painfully close in 2001 when Ireland lost on points difference to England.