15 Paul O’Connell (Ireland)
Paul O’Connell was an imposing second row who led by example. His physicality, leadership, and passion for the game made him a revered figure in Irish rugby history.
14 Victor Matfield (South Africa)
Victor Matfield was a towering presence in the second row, renowned for his lineout prowess. His ability to dominate aerial battles and provide astute game management was unmatched.
13 George Gregan (Australia)
George Gregan was a tenacious scrum-half known for his quick thinking and precise passing. His leadership and exceptional decision-making made him a linchpin of Australian rugby.
12 Bryan Habana (South Africa)
Bryan Habana was a record-breaking winger with blistering speed and a nose for the try line. His agility, anticipation, and try-scoring ability established him as a true rugby superstar.
11 Martin Johnson (England)
Martin Johnson was a formidable lock and inspirational leader. His physicality, competitiveness, and dedication to the team made him one of England’s most revered players.
They said: “A player who led by example and the kind of man you would always want alongside you in the trenches when the chips are down. Would never ask someone to do something he wouldn’t do himself.”