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“Genuinely mad decision” – England fans slam ‘crazy’ Steve Borthwick selection


Lock: Martin Johnson (England) – “I think he defined an era, both for forward play and for the performances of the teams he represented.”

Lock: John Eales (Australia) – “A two-time Rugby World Cup-winner with the Wallabies in 1991 and 1999, captaining his side to victory over France in the second of those finals. A lot of the ‘number fives’ that have followed him play the way they do because of the type of game Eales set.”


Blindside-flanker: Richard Hill (England) – “One of the easier selections, if I’m honest. Hill seemed to know almost instinctively where to be and when.”

Openside-flanker: Richie McCaw (New Zealand) – Having picked Richard Hill at blindside, the thought of pairing him with Richie McCaw at openside genuinely excites me. Can you imagine those two together? The opposition would not stand a chance. 

Number 8: Zinzan Brooke (New Zealand) – “One of the toughest choices of the lot. Maybe the toughest. His ability to bring others into the game, his ability to stay connected in the game himself, popping up repeatedly through different phases; all exemplary. And he dropped goals of course. A true original.”

QUIZ: Name Every Head Coach to Win the Men’s Guinness Six Nations (2000 – 2023)

The brains behind the Six Nations masterplans, these head coaches have all won ‘Rugby’s Greatest Championship’, since the modernised competition began back in 2000. Throughout the history of the competition, there have been only five head coaches to win the competition on more than one occasion.

However, Ireland head coach Andy Farrell is looking to become the sixth, as he orchestrates the men from the Emerald Isle into defending their Six Nations Grand Slam. In total, the Six Nations has been won by 13 different head coaches, and we challenge you to name them all in the next six minutes!

Your time starts… now! Good luck!