England legend Martin Johnson ranks his five greatest of all-time

Who are the greatest rugby players to have played the game? After much deliberation, World Cup-winning captain Martin Johnson has declared his hand.

5. Phillipe Sella (France)

When the centre retired from international rugby in 1995, his 111 appearances made him the world’s most capped player. During a career that spanned 13 years, Sella had mesmerised and destroyed defences the world over.

“I used to watch him as a kid on TV and think he was brilliant; and then ten years later I played against him and he was still brilliant. He still looks as if he could play for France today. One of the best backs I’ve ever seen. If you hit him it was like running into concrete.”


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