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.
Winger: Ben Cohen – ENG
‘Big Ben’ brought beef to England’s backs in the Clive Woodward
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.
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.