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Martin Johnson’s five second-row’s who ‘changed the game’

When picking his all-time dream team of players, England and Lions legend Martin Johnson listed his five favourite second-rows from down the years.

Here are the five players named by Johnson as trailblazers in the second-row position.

1. Colin Meads (New Zealand)

The 55-cap second-row is widely considered one of the greatest players in history. Nicknamed ‘Pinetree’ due to his physical presence, he was an icon within New Zealand rugby, and was named the country’s Player of the Century at the NZRFU Awards in 1999.

2. Frik du Preez (South Africa)

Du Preez Test career ran from 1961 to 1971, and South Africa won a World Cup in 1995, so for him to be held in such esteem nearly 40 years after he had played his last International proves what affection the England legend has for the man.