Michael Lynagh's All-Time England XV

Michael Lynagh’s Selects His All-Time England XV

4. Martin Johnson
“The World Cup-winning captain was England’s greatest leader. A giant physical presence in the scrum helped Johnson become the most feared lock in the game.”

5. Paul Ackford
“A former policeman, Ackford provided authority and presence in the engine room of the scrum. Brilliant in the line-out, too.”

6. Lawrence Dallaglio
“Widely regarded as one of the finest back-rows of the modern game. Dallaglio had an all-round skill set as well as a talismanic presence on the field.”

7. Peter Winterbottom
 “Back row was a nightmare – Richard Hill, Neil Back and Mike Teague are three pretty good players to leave out – but I’m backing my selection. As a fly-half I would imagine life might get pretty lively with Lawrence Dallaglio and Peter Winterbottom on your case all afternoon.”

8. Dean Richards
“The sock-round-ankles forward had the ability to control the pace of a game. Richard’s power helped him become a dominant force from the back of the scrum. Great rugby brain, too.”
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