Lock: Martin Johnson (England) – Inspirational leader, formidable player, competitive in every situation. The example he set in every tight situation in every game led the way
Lock: Bill Beaumont (England) – My captain during my England playing career. A brilliant player. World-class even.
Blindside-flanker: Richard Hill (England) – I rated Hill so highly in an England jersey that he was the only player I never dropped once during my tenure. Different class.
Openside-flanker: Richie McCaw (New Zealand) – He loved wearing the All Black jersey so much and he was so committed to victory. That’s where his stellar leadership started.
Number 8: Lawrence Dallaglio (England) – So talented, so physical, such a great understanding of the game and so bloody competitive.