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“My hero” – Opponent thanked England prop Ellis Genge for ‘saving his life’

15. Lawrence Dallaglio (England)

Dallaglio, an MBE and OBE recipient, is a revered figure in English rugby. His leadership and versatility on the field have earned him accolades, including a Rugby World Cup victory. Dallaglio’s commitment to the game and contributions to rugby have left a lasting legacy.

Lawrence Dallaglio facts:

  1. Already a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours
  2. Warren Gatland has said that Dallaglio was “The best captain that I’ve ever been involved with.”
  3. He is one of a very small number of players to have won both the Rugby World Cup and Sevens World Cup
  4. Dallaglio married his long-time girlfriend, Alice, in 2005. They have two daughters, Ella and Josie, and a son, Enzo
  5. He has also received an Honorary Doctorate from Buckinghamshire New University for services to sport

14. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)

Jones, the iconic Welsh lock, is a symbol of leadership and commitment in rugby. He’s led Wales to Grand Slam victories and is celebrated for his tenacity in the scrum and tireless work rate. Jones remains a cornerstone of Welsh rugby’s success.

13. Bryan Habana (South Africa)

Habana, the South African wing, is a try-scoring sensation. His speed and agility have made him one of the all-time greats in rugby. Habana’s impact on South African rugby, including a Rugby World Cup victory, is celebrated worldwide.

12. Paul O’Connell (Ireland)

O’Connell, the renowned Irish lock, is a beloved figure in the sport. Honored with the Freedom of Limerick City, he’s known for his inspirational leadership and dedication. O’Connell’s contributions to Irish rugby and the British & Irish Lions are etched in history.

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Paul O’Connell facts:

  1. The lock was given the Freedom of Limerick City in 2012
  2. O’Connell was awarded Irish Sports Book of the Year in 2016 for The Battle
  3. He was good at swimming as a child and only turned to rugby at the age of 16
  4. O’Connell scored eight tries and played 108 Tests for Ireland from 2002 to 2015
  5. He played on three British & Irish Lions tours and captained the team for the 2009 tour to South Africa. Overall, he played seven Tests across the 2005, 2009 and 2013 tours.

11. Tim Horan (Australia)

Horan, an Australian rugby legend, is recognized for his exceptional skills and playmaking abilities. He played a crucial role in Australia’s successes, including World Cup victories. Horan’s contributions to Australian rugby have solidified his place among the sport’s greats.