Fly-half: Lynagh, Carter, Larkham, Stransky, Fox – “This is the key position for any World Cup winning team. You need guys that are going to lead and continue to do so right to the final seconds when it gets very, very tough. I can’t just pick one.”
Scrum-half: Gary Armstrong (Scotland) – “The sheer aggression and resilience of the guy, his sheer character meant that anything, any ball that wasn’t good enough to go out to the number ten was never going to go out to the number ten. He would deal with everything himself and that meant control of the game”
Prop: David Sole (Scotland) – He was seen by Wilkinson as “someone who inspired and brought energy to the game” with impact.
Hooker: Keith Wood (Ireland) – “You need someone here in this position who can bring you the set piece control but at the same time I think they need to be aggressive, be someone that runs hard, someone that doesn’t stop, never gives up,”
Prop: Craig Dowd (New Zealand) – “As with all tight heads what you want is someone who doesn’t take no for an answer, someone who is maybe a little quieter but someone you just don’t mess with”