2. Jason Robinson (England) – 2005
Robinson was chosen for the 2001 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia, and was one of the outstanding players in the side that won the first Test in Brisbane 29–13. In that game he sidestepped past Australian fullback Chris Latham. He went on to score another try in the last Test.
Four years later, with Robinson playing a key role as England won the 2003 Rugby World Cup, the speedster was tipped to be a key cog for Woodward once again. He was somewhat the face of the promotional campaign for the tour, appearing on awful merchandise such as this.
However, having joined the tour late to attend the birth of his fifth child, something just didn’t seem right. Robinson, who usually always travelled with his full family was forced to jet across to the other side of the world alone. Playing in two of the three tests, he never looked close to his best and he’s admitted he still ‘has nightmares’ about the tour.
Distraught from the experience, Robinson actually retired from test rugby before changing his mind to play for England once again in the 2007 Six Nations before playing a key role in their journey to the World Cup final that same year.