Sir Ian McGeechan has selected his all-time England XV, he's made some huge calls - Ruck

Sir Ian McGeechan has selected his all-time England XV, he’s made some huge calls

Writing in The Telegraph, Sir Ian McGeechan has selected his all-time England hybrid XV with only one currently player being selected.

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“You would have to put Jonny ahead of Owen Farrell because, while they were similar players, I think Jonny really broke the mould,” wrote the legendary Lions coach.

“A bit like the Premier League vs the old First Division, there is a line there and people only seem to remember back to it. 

“In fact, the more pertinent date is probably 1995 and the advent of professionalism. Rugby before then was very different and it is difficult to compare players of that era to the ultra-fit, versatile athletes of today – although there were exceptionally talented players from before that time who would have thrived in any era.”

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McGeechan selects his all-time England XV


Jason Robinson: Explosive pace and agility defined Jason Robinson, a rugby league convert who became a star in union. Born July 30, 1974, in Leeds, England, he shone for England and the British and Irish Lions, notably in the 2003 World Cup triumph. Standing at 5’8″, his speed and elusive runs made him a nightmare for defenses.

David Duckham: Elegant and skilled, David Duckham graced rugby’s golden era. Born August 26, 1946, in Coventry, England, he earned 36 caps for England and represented the Lions twice. Renowned for his sidestepping and sportsmanship, Duckham’s elusive running style made him a fan favorite.

Rory Underwood: Speedster Rory Underwood’s name became synonymous with try-scoring excellence. Born June 19, 1963, in Middlesbrough, England, he earned 85 caps for England, scoring 49 tries. His blistering pace and humility endeared him to fans worldwide, inspiring generations of players

McGeechan on Robinson: “I think, as much as people loved his electric pace, his sidestep and his raw athleticism, it was his professionalism which really impressed me. When he made the transition to union, he really took the time to learn and understand what was needed.”

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Jeremy Guscott: A masterful centre, Jeremy Guscott’s silky skills and vision set him apart. Born July 7, 1965, in Bath, England, he earned 65 caps for England and Lions honors. Renowned for his ability to create try-scoring opportunities, Guscott’s contributions were pivotal in England’s successes during the 1990s.

Will Greenwood: A versatile and intelligent midfielder, Will Greenwood left an indelible mark on rugby. Born October 20, 1972, in Blackburn, England, he excelled for England and the Lions, notably in the 2003 World Cup triumph. Greenwood’s tactical acumen and ability to read the game made him a linchpin in midfield.

McGeechan on Guscott: “One of the best players I ever coached; just a confident, natural player, smooth runner, nice passer and underestimated in defence. He shut people down very effectively.”

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