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Jonny Wilkinson named the TENTH best player of the professional era

7. Tim Horan (AUS): 

Tim Horan, a brilliant center for Australia, was a key player in the Wallabies’ World Cup triumphs in 1991 and 1999. Renowned for his vision, passing, and defensive skills, Horan’s career is celebrated for his consistency and leadership on the field.

They wrote: “Possessed pace, balance, great ball skills and courage, with his attacking prowess, formidable defence and play-making ability marking him out as one of the finest centres the game of rugby has ever seen. Scored 40 Test tries at a rate of one every other game.”

6. Sergio Parisse (ITA): 

Sergio Parisse, an iconic Italian number eight, is celebrated for his exceptional skill set, leadership, and longevity. Representing Italy over 140 times, Parisse’s versatility and commitment have made him one of the most respected figures in international rugby.

They wrote: “The Argentinian-born No.8 has been a key figure for the Azzurri since making an eye-catching debut as an 18-year-old against New Zealand in 2002.

“Big and strong, he has the size to make holes in any defence, but also has hands to die for and the subtlety to execute passes out of the back of his hand as though he were a fly-half. Add to that an astute brain for the game and an absolute refusal to bend the knee and you have pretty much the complete rugby player.”

5. Joost van der Westhuizen (SA): 

Joost van der Westhuizen, a legendary South African scrum-half, played a pivotal role in the Springboks’ 1995 World Cup victory. Known for his physicality, speed, and competitive spirit, he is remembered as one of rugby’s finest players.

They wrote: “Aggressive and fearless, he was arguably the finest running scrum-half the game has ever seen, scoring 38 tries in 89 Tests, a remarkable tally for a No 9.”

4. Jonah Lomu (NZ): 

Jonah Lomu, a towering New Zealand winger, revolutionized rugby with his blend of size, speed, and power. His performances in the 1995 World Cup made him a global superstar, and he remains one of the sport’s most iconic figures.