"Over 200,000 votes" - BBC Readers select all-time World Cup XV - Ruck

“Over 200,000 votes” – BBC Readers select all-time World Cup XV

Jonny Wilkinson or Dan Carter? The task of selecting a World XV involves some significant choices.

A poll conducted by the BBC garnered votes from over 200,000 fans, who were asked to determine the composition of an all-time Rugby XV. The competition for spots was intense, leading to the omission of several prominent players since only 15 could secure their place.

Below, you’ll find the players chosen by rugby enthusiasts as the members of the ultimate all-time Rugby XV.


15. SERGE BLANCO (France)

France legend Serge Blanco could play on the wing, however, he was best known for his brilliance at fullback.

14. BRYAN HABANA (South Africa)

South Africa speed machine Bryan Habana is regarded as one of the quickest players to ever play the game and helped his country to World Cup glory in 2007. He ended up on 15 World Cup tries, level with the New Zealand star. 

13. BRIAN O’DRISCOLL (Ireland) 

Ireland legend Brian O’Driscoll is regarded as one of the greatest outside centres of all time. He captained his country for nine years and was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame back in 2016. 

12. MA’A NONU (New Zealand)

He was a key member of the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cup-winning side, however, he missed out on a spot for the All Blacks this year. 

11. JONAH LOMU (New Zealand) 

The joint-top try-scorer in World Cup history, Jonah Lomu was always going to be in. The wing, who tragically passed away in 2015, is rightly remembered as a true All Black and World Cup great. 

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