Sir Ian McGeechan Questions Farrell's England Legacy, Explains Why Wilkinson Was Better - Ruck

Sir Ian McGeechan Questions Farrell’s England Legacy, Explains Why Wilkinson Was Better

Writing in The Telegraph, Sir Ian McGeechan has selected his all-time England XV with only one current star being selected in his impressive line-up.

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Although McGeechan commends Farrell, he does not believe that the former captain, who has earned over 100 caps for his country, has done enough to secure a place in an all-time England XV.

“For some reason, Farrell divides opinion like no other player. Personally I’m a huge fan, as I’ve written many times. I think he embodies the competitiveness and professionalism which drives teams to great heights, although I accept that others have different views.” wrote the legendary Lions coach.

Owen Farrell of England check out the pitch ahead of the Summer Nations Series Rugby match between Wales and England at Principality Stadium on August 5, 2023 in Cardiff, Wales. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

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

“He was the first to show the 100 per cent dedication which went into goal-kicking and tactical kicking, the physicality which could be brought to bear from 10.”

“Farrell has those attributes, too, but in the end Jonny won a World Cup and was as good off both feet.”

You can read his full article by clicking here.

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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