Ireland, Munster and Lions legend Paul O’Connell has ranked his five toughest opponents from his incredible rugby career.
#1. Victor Matfield
- Position: Lock
- Country: South Africa
- Caps: 127
O’Connell said: “I tried not to fear any opponent, but any international second-row will tell you that Matfield had the ability to destroy your lineout. He’s the best lineout operator I played against. He very rarely made any mistakes.”