In this article, we take a look at who fans believe are the most overrated and underrated rugby players in the sports history.
Fans in the RUCK.co.uk Facebook group have voted and debated in a number of polls to decide the top three of both categories.
The results are controversial to say the least.
#4. Joe Rokocoko (New Zealand)
The Fijian-born wing boasted a remarkable strike rate, scoring 46 tries in 68 Tests. When you’ve got speed and strength, you’ve always got a chance and he had both in bucketloads. Criminally underrated due to following in the footsteps of the late great Jonah Lomu.
#3. Simon Shaw (England)
‘Underappreciated’ and ‘unfortunate’ are two words which probably encapsulate Shaw. Despite incredible longevity and a durability few other rugby players could match, particularly as the game became more and more physical, Shaw should have easily amassed over 100 caps.
Legend of the game Martin Johnson, who was an inspirational leader and brilliant player, generally stood in his way, but the Wasps man’s skills were often underutilised by those that coached him.
Former Wales assistant and defence coach guru Shaun Edwards even said Shaw is the ‘most underrated player in recent history’.