England legend Will Carling picks his all-time top 30 players – but who makes the cut?
The definitive list of all-time greats from the former England captain, originally published by the Telegraph in 2007.
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30. Keith Wood (Hooker, Ireland, 58 caps) Mad, explosive Irish talent.
29. Jason Leonard (Prop, England, 114 caps) More than 100 caps as a prop is unbelievable.
28. Barry John (Fly-half, Wales, 25 caps) The king, to me his swerve and body movement were simply sublime. A subtle move of his hips sufficed. A very deceptive runner.
27. Richie McCaw (Openside, New Zealand, 55 caps) Brave, athletic, quite outstanding exponent at the breakdown.
26. Morne du Plessis (No 8, South Africa, 22 caps) He was everything that’s great about South African rugby – intelligent, athletic, brave.
25. John Eales (Second row, Australia, 86 caps) Line out genius, quiet leader, double World Cup winner.
24. Jonny Wilkinson (Fly-half, England, 57 caps) The ultimate kicking and defensive fly half.
23. Dan Carter (Fly-half, New Zealand, 41 caps) At his best – sublime. If he continues in same vein will make top ten.
22. Wayne Shelford (No 8, New Zealand, 22 caps) Huge influence in returning the pride to the haka and the All Blacks.
21. Tim Horan (Centre, Australia, 80 caps) Double World Cup winner. Pace, balance, great ball skills, courage.