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Paul O’Connell didn’t hesitate when naming his toughest ever opponent

#2. Jonny Wilkinson

Position: Fly-half

Country: England

Caps: 91

He has been a significant match-winner of his time, and one of rugby’s all-time greatest point-scorers. With 1,246 points earned in his 97 caps for England and the Lions, only Dan Carter has scored more in Test rugby.

However, his most notable achievement occurred in 2003 when he secured the World Cup victory for his team by slotting in a drop goal.

What is more impressive is that he kicked it with his weaker right foot, indicating the countless hours he had dedicated to practice. He retired on a high note, adding two more trophies to his collection with Toulon.

O’Connell said: “I played against him when he was with Toulon at the end of my career, and his ability to punish you with drop-goals, with his penalties, with his territory kicking game, it was so hard to get a foothold in his game.

“He could beat better teams almost on his own.”