Out of favour, injured, exiled – they’d make many a team but they never played on the biggest stage of all.
1. Jon Bentley
The unlikely star of the 1997 Lions tour, the barnstorming winger was a league player in 1995 and out in the cold come 1999. Still, you can’t help thinking his big personality might have galvanized an England team still getting used to professionalism and Clive Woodward.
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