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Ranking the 10 Best Scrum-Halves in Rugby History

The scrum-half is vital as they are the player who ties together the forwards and backs into one solitary unit. They remove the ball from the back of the scrum and lineout before usually distributing the ball to the fly-half.

We’ve ranked our top ten of all-time; let’s see if you agree with our selection…



10 Fourie du Preez
Kicking off our list is veteran Fourie Du Preez, who has made 70 appearances for the Springboks scoring 15 tries so far.

In his international career, he won the Tri-Nations twice in 2004 and 2009 as well as the Rugby World Cup in 2007 when South Africa overcame England.

Did you know: In 2009, Du Preez was voted SA Rugby Player of the year by the South African Rugby Football Union for a second time

9 Terry Holmes
Despite starting his international career at the tail end of the celebrated era of Welsh rugby, Terry Holmes went on to win 25 international caps.

For a scrum-half, he had a lot of strength and power, which was enough for him to get selected for two Lions tours in 1980 ad 1983. Although Holmes may not have achieved quite as much as others on this list, he was as effective and feared as any scrum-half in rugby history.

Did you know: In late-1985, Holmes became one of the biggest names of the time to turn professional when he joined Bradford Northern for £80,000.
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