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Martin Johnson names two South Africans in his all-time dream team

BACK-ROW:

  • 6: Richard Hill (England) – “It was a difficult choice but Hill, a quiet guy, very understated, was the pick. When he was with the Lions teams, if he didn’t play, we didn’t win. He would be embarrassed to be in this side, but he deserves it.”
  • 7: Michael Jones (New Zealand) – “Sean Fitzpatrick says he was the greatest player he ever played against, a mythical figure.”
  • 8: Wayne Shelford (New Zealand) – “Buck was at his peak for the World Cup final in 1987. I remember watching him as a 16-year-old on the terraces at Leicester a year earlier and saw him charge down the flank, chip the ball over the wing and score a try. Not bad for a back row.”

HALFBACKS:

  • 10: Jonny Wilkinson (England) – I could have gone for Phil Bennett, Michael Lynagh, Stephen Larkham or others but Jonny is special, not just for his kicking. I remember in the 2003 Grand Slam decider in Dublin, Ireland attacked down the right and Jonny was there to stop them; then they switched quickly to the left and Jonny was there to stop them too.”
  • 9: Gareth Edwards (Wales) – “The Welsh have put mythical status on Edwards and their 1970s players, but Rob Howley was almost as good and scored some great tries. Joost van der Westhuizen was the best scrum half I played against.”

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