Jim Hamilton picks his dream XV and it doesn’t feature a single Scot
Take a look at who Scotland international Jim Hamilton has picked in his all-time Dream Team for The Rugby Paper.
1. Cian Healy – He is everything you look for in a modern-day loosehead – he can scrummage and carry the ball all day long. He has become part of a very good Irish front row.
2. Schalk Brits – Probably the best rugby player I have played against. In the Premiership semi-final I got two tap tackles in on him which I am still pretty proud of. He has got such good footwork for a hooker, it is like Saracens have another centre in their team.
3. Martin Castrogiovanni – On his day, he is one of the best tightheads about. Everyone knows him for his scrummaging but he is also a nuisance over the ball. He’s also a great character and as soon as the rugby finishes you see a completely different side to him.
4. Brad Thorn – I have chosen Brad for a couple of reasons – first I love the type of player he is and at his age how fit and classy he still is. After the World Cup to still be playing like he has forLeinster has been phenomenal.
5. Sam Whitelock – I have gone for another All Black in the second row because he has really impressed me whenever I have played against him. For a guy who is not huge, he really makes his mark felt physically.