Ireland vs. England – who makes RUCK’s all-time combined XV? - Ruck

Ireland vs. England – who makes RUCK’s all-time combined XV?

Ahead of this weekend’s Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium, RUCK selects their all-time best combined England and Ireland line-up. Do you agree with his selection?


Full-back: Jason Robinson – ENG

Known as Billy Whizz, this former rugby league star proved a hugely successful convert to Union. A lethal runner from full-back or wing, he was a nightmare to mark in one-on-one situations. Had a knack of scoring memorable tries on the big stage.

MELBOURNE – JUNE 21: Jason Robinson of England charges forward during the Rugby Union Test Match between Australia and England held on June 21, 2003 at The Telstra Dome, in Melbourne, Australia. England won the match 25-14. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Winger: Ben Cohen – ENG

Big Ben’ brought beef to England’s backs in the Clive Woodward era, and was a reliable finisher. Cohen scored 31 tries in 57 appearances and won the World Cup in 2003.

Centre: Brian O’Driscoll – IRE

One of the most feared players in the game, O’Driscoll was also one of the most consistent. His 141 Test caps, including eight for the Lions, place him second on the all-time list behind Richie McCaw. Ireland’s record try scorer with 46 touchdowns, O’Driscoll also led his country more times than any other player and his brilliant defensive qualities and dazzling attacking skills made him a threat all over the field.

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 04: Former Ireland player Brian O’Driscoll looks on prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between Ireland and Italy at the Olympic Stadium on October 4, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Centre: Will Greenwood – ENG

A tall, stylish and astute centre who had a particular penchant for scoring tries against Wales. Two Lions tours, but his finest hour was lifting the World Cup with England in 2003.

Winger: Tommy Bowe – IRE

The Ulsterman has been unlucky throughout his career with injury, but when fit can mix it up with the world’s very best. A devastating finisher, with blistering pace and unrivalled power.