England legend Will Greenwood reveals the best player he ever faced - Ruck

England legend Will Greenwood reveals the best player he ever faced

England legend Will Greenwood reveals his toughest opponent was a South African hard man.

In a professional career that spanned 11 years and 55 international caps, Greenwood established a reputation as an unsurpassed mid-field creator.

Coming up against some of the best players to ever grace the game of rugby, the centre has now revealed his toughest opponent.

“That’s a tough one,” said Greenwood.

“Danie Gerber, played against him in charity game in 1996.

“He was just, unbelievable.”

Although erber represented South Africa from 1980-1992, he only won 24 caps due to apartheid and the Springboks’ exclusion from international rugby.


At the height of his powers, Gerber was a supreme rugby player: fast, strong, elusive, and an exceptional scorer of tries—he just seemed programmed to cross the line.

Despite the lack of opportunity to show his skills on the world’s stage, Gerber was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 2007 and is included in many observers’ all-time XV.

For a glimpse of how good Gerber was, check out this try and the way he left the Irish defenders tripping over each other.

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