4. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)
A man of few words, he does his talking on the field with his actions. Not only is he a brilliant player and a very good captain but I don’t think I have reffed a match where he hasn’t given absolutely everything.
5. Paul O’Connell (Ireland)
Quite simply he was just an exceptional leader. I have been in charge of games where he pretty much carried his team, whether it was Munster or Ireland, almost on his back and onto victory.
6. Theirry Dusautoir (France)
He was right up there as one of the best captains I have refereed and we greatly respected one another.
7. Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
If anybody had to pick the greatest player in history, it would surely be a difficult choice between him and Gareth Edwards.
8. Sergio Parisse (Italy)
I’ve been fortunate to have refereed some tremendous No.8s during my career but Sergio is tops. He’s such a talented player and rarely has a bad game.