France defence coach Shaun Edwards has named an incredible XV of players he wishes he could have worked with down the years.
FB: Mils Muliaina (New Zealand) – This guy ticks most of the boxes. Made his Super Rugby debut in 2001, his international debut against England in 2003 and 92 Test caps later is getting better and better. Quick and incisive, a key part of the All Blacks’ counter-punching game.
LW: Jason Robinson (England) – “I’m biased but he is the only northern-hemisphere player to score a try while winning a World Cup final. Run close by Doug Howlett.”
OC: Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland) – “Announced himself with a stunning hat-trick against France in 2000 and continues to shine.”
IC: Tana Umaga (New Zealand) – “One of the most liked and respected men in rugby – despite the incident with O’Driscoll in 2005.”
RW: Bryan Habana (South Africa) – “World Cup winner and a great club man who helped turn the Blue Bulls from a joke into the best province in the world but he was run close by Shane Williams, veteran of 75 Tests with Wales and his country’s leading try scorer.”