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


Paul O’Connell (Ireland), Martin Johnson (England)

“Paul was dogged, determined, ridiculously physical and robust. Martin is another player I grew up watching at a time when it felt like England won everything. He did it all – captained England, captained the Lions, won the World Cup, won Heineken Cups, won Grand Slams.”


Serge Betsen (France), Richard Hill (England), Simon Taylor (Scotland)

“I was torn between Serge and Thierry Dusautoir for this one but Serge just edges it. Richard Hill was my idol growing up. I had to get another Scot in there! Simon Taylor and Jason White were two of my heroes and I was lucky enough to play with both of them.”

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