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Jonny Wilkinson named the TENTH best player of the professional era

3. Brian O’Driscoll (IRE): 

Brian O’Driscoll, a legendary Irish center, is celebrated for his creativity, skill, and leadership. Ireland’s all-time leading try scorer, O’Driscoll captained his country and the British & Irish Lions, leaving a lasting legacy in international rugby.

They wrote: “Holds the Six Nations record for most tries with 26 and was chosen Player of the Tournament in the 2006, 2007 and 2009, leading Ireland to one Grand Slam and three Triple Crowns. Europe’s finest.”

2. Dan Carter (NZ): 

Dan Carter, a phenomenal New Zealand fly-half, is revered for his exceptional playmaking, tactical kicking, and scoring ability. A two-time World Cup winner, Carter’s illustrious career includes numerous records and accolades, cementing his status as one of rugby’s greatest players.

They wrote: “There was to be injury-enforced World Cup frustration in 2007 and 2011, but he ended his Test career on the perfect note as he produced a Man of the Match display in the 2015 final to guide the All Blacks to glory. A fitting farewell.”

1. Richie McCaw (NZ): 

Richie McCaw, a legendary New Zealand flanker, captained the All Blacks to two World Cup victories. Renowned for his leadership, work rate, and tactical acumen, McCaw is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in rugby history.

They wrote: ‘He could easily have taken up a lucrative contract in France, but that’s not his style. “I really had no desire to play overseas. To go and play rugby just to earn a fat cheque really didn’t spin my wheels. If I felt I could continue to play, I would stay right here in New Zealand.” Classy until the end. Richie McCaw – the single most influential player to play the game of rugby in the professional era and a deserved number one.’