"He was unbelievable" - Chris Ashton ranks his three toughest opponents - Ruck

“He was unbelievable” – Chris Ashton ranks his three toughest opponents

Chris Ashton has been discussing his toughest opponents from his incredible rugby career.

The 35-year-old, who recent broke the Gallagher Premiership try-scoring record while at Leicester Tigers, has played for England, Saracens, Toulon, Sale Sharks, Northampton Saints, Worcester Warriors and Harlequins since swapping codes in 2007.

You can read Ashton’s column in full and much more on TheXV.rugby, the new website dedicated to high-end, long-form rugby content.

DID YOU KNOW? Ashton played a single season in the Top 14, scoring 24 tries in 23 appearances to break the tryscoring record previously held by Napolioni Nalaga


#3. Bryan Habana (South Africa)

Ashton said: “I faced some good boys in my time with England. Internationally Bryan Habana was just electric. He had a brilliant rugby brain, which is why he got so many turnovers and intercepts. It seemed like the game came too easily to him. Whatever he did, he did it so efficiently and fast it was hard to get an edge on him. He wasn’t really a stepper but he could change direction fast, like a computer game.”

DID YOU KNOW? During the 2015 Rugby World Cup Habana equalled Lomu’s career record of 15 tries in World Cups


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