John Barclay names his dream team, including his England back-row ‘idol’

John Barclay, the Scotland flanker who made 36 Guinness Six Nations appearances between 2008 and 2018, has named his all-time XV.


Stuart Hogg (Scotland), Jason Robinson (England), Shane Williams (Wales)

“Hoggy is well worthy of his place. He keeps getting better and better and has done so throughout his career. Robinson was an electric player and, let’s not forget, made the switch across codes and was super successful in both.

“Shane was a really special player – though I don’t have such fond memories of the 82nd-minute try he scored against us in 2010 when we blew a 10-point lead!”


Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland), Yannick Jauzion (France)

“I don’t think anyone else comes close to O’Driscoll. I played against Yannick a lot and he was one of those players who just always seemed to have time on the ball.”