Versatile rugby players: Top four utility rugby players of all-time
Who is the best utility player in rugby history? We’ve selected four of our favourites. Vote below.
MATT GITEAU – Australia
Regarded as one of the most talented players of his generation, Matt Giteau became a stalwart for the Wallabies after making his debut as a 20-year-old against England at Twickenham in 2002 – before he had even made his Super Rugby bow.
SHIRTS WORN FOR AUSTRALIA: 9,10,11,12
MIKE CATT – England
Catt’s England debut came in 1994 against Wales, as a replacement for fly-half Rob Andrew, but he came to international prominence as a fullback. Indeed, Catt’s international career took in caps at fly-half, fullback, centre and wing.
SHIRTS WORN FOR ENGLAND: 10,12,13,14,15
JAMES HOOK – Wales
Jimmy Hook’s strengths as a player include good distribution skills, great tactical awareness, and reliable goal kicking, but his popularity in Wales is largely also due to his exciting running style, which is a traditional facet of Welsh fly-half play. However, unable to nail down a starting place he found himself changing positions quicker than Mathieu Bastareaud changes hairstyles.
SHIRTS WORN FOR WALES: 10,11,12,13,14,15
MAMUKA GORGODZE – Georgia
Fans love a player who is genuinely willing to do anything for the good of the team – especially if he is the captain. Although a flanker by trade, Georgian powerhouse Gorgodze is one of the most versatile forwards in Europe and more than capable of operating in the second-row or any of the three positions across the back-row. The 33-year-old times most of his challenges to perfection, possesses formidable strength and a keen eye for a pass.
SHIRTS WORN FOR GEORGIA: 4,5,6,7,8