The ultimate one-club rugby XV, featuring Brian O’Driscoll, Martin Johnson and Lawrence Dallaglio
So here is a team made entirely of men who spent their whole career playing for one club and for that very reason, we salute them.
Fullback: Serge Blanco (Biarritz)
Blanco spent his entire career with Biarritz Olympique and the French national side, gaining 93 caps, 81 of them at fullback. After retiring as a player, he continued serving Biarritz Olympique as their president. In this role he saw his club become French champions in 2002 and 2006.
Winger: Mark Cueto (Sale Sharks)
At club level, Cueto made 303 appearances for Sale and scored 118 tries. Cueto made his England debut in 2004, claiming 20 tries in 55 international games and came within inches of scoring a try in England’s 2007 World Cup final defeat by South Africa. He also played once for the British & Irish Lions against New Zealand in 2005.
Centre: Brian O’Driscoll (Leinster)
After 186 appearances, his final game for Leinster, and for any team, was in the 2014 Pro12 Grand Final on 31 May in Leinster’s home ground, the RDS in Dublin, in which Leinster defeated the Glasgow Warriors 34-12.
He left the field injured early in the first half to be replaced by Ian Madigan. His final act as a rugby player was assisting club captain Leo Cullen – who also finished his career on this day – in lifting the Pro12 trophy.
He is regarded by critics as one of the greatest rugby players of all time.
Centre: Tim Horan (Queensland Reds)
Horan spent his entire professional career with the Queensland Reds. He was one of the best centres in the world throughout the 1990s due to his attacking prowess, formidable defence and playmaking ability. He became one of only twenty dual Rugby Union World Cup winners.
Winger: James Simpson-Daniel (Gloucester)
He played wing or centre for Gloucester Rugby from 2001 to 2013, making 274 appearances and scoring 120 tries.
His low centre of gravity, beautiful balance and keen rugby brain made him one of the all-time great wingers, the scorer or instigator of spectacular tries, but his career was sadly blighted by illness and injury and he only gained ten caps for England.