6. JERRY COLLINS
Collins won 48 caps for the All Blacks having made his debut in 2001, scoring five tries during a career which saw him become one of the most feared back-row players on the pitch due to his sheer strength and physicality.
7. SCHALK BURGER
A World Cup winner in 2007, Schalk Burger is renowned as one of world rugby’s finest back row players having enjoyed success at both international and club level. Burger was part of the Saracens side that defended the Champions Cup title in 2016. He has won 86 caps for South Africa, winning the World Cup with the Springboks in 2007. He was also named World Rugby Player of the Year in 2004.
8. SEBASTIAN CHABAL
Chabal spent five years at Sale Sharks, and won 62 caps for France from 2000-2011. He is known for his full beard, long hair and ferocious tackling, leading the French rugby fans to nickname him l’Homme des Cavernes — the Caveman.
9. FOURIE DU PREEZ
Arguably one of the best scrumhalves ever to play for South Africa, Fourie du Preez played a central role for the Springboks after making his Test debut in 2004 and was twice named the SA Rugby Player of the Year. Du Preez has a great kicking game, while his decision-making and option-taking are seldom less than exceptional. He was one of the Boks’ kingpins when they won the Rugby World Cup in 2007.
10. CARLOS SPENCER
Spencer was praised for his creative style of play throughout his career and retired with 35 Test caps for New Zealand and scored 291 points. He spent four years at Northampton Saints during his club career, and also had a spell with Gloucester Rugby.