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


Martin Johnson: A colossus of the game, Martin Johnson epitomized leadership and determination. Born March 9, 1970, in Solihull, England, he captained England to their historic Rugby World Cup victory in 2003. Johnson’s imposing presence, both as a player and a leader, commanded respect on the field, making him one of rugby’s most iconic figures.

Maro Itoje: A modern-day rugby phenomenon, Maro Itoje is a force to be reckoned with. Born October 28, 1994, in London, England, he quickly rose through the ranks to become a key player for England and the British and Irish Lions. Renowned for his athleticism, aggression, and versatility, Itoje’s impact on the game continues to grow, earning him accolades as one of rugby’s brightest stars.

McGeechan on Itoje: ” He has cut out many of the avoidable penalties and now when England are up against it, you are seeing the best of him. Against Ireland this year, for instance. Ball carrier, spoiler, competitor, excellent line-out operator, and very good hands as well. Also a natural leader. Maturing.”

McGeechan on Johnson: “I don’t think you will find many arguing against this pick. Martin was one of the greatest leaders world rugby has known and his career was absolutely extraordinary.”

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Richard Hill: A versatile and tenacious back-row forward, Richard Hill was a linchpin in England’s pack. Born May 24, 1973, in Hillingdon, England, he earned 71 caps for England and played a pivotal role in their 2003 Rugby World Cup triumph. Hill’s tireless work rate, defensive prowess, and leadership qualities made him a vital asset to any team.

Neil Back: A relentless and dynamic openside flanker, Neil Back left an indelible mark on English rugby. Born January 16, 1969, in Coventry, England, he earned 66 caps for England and played a key role in their successes, including the 2003 Rugby World Cup victory. Back’s ability to disrupt opposition possession and support play made him a standout performer in the back row.

Lawrence Dallaglio: A powerhouse of a number eight, Lawrence Dallaglio was a driving force behind England’s triumphs. Born August 10, 1972, in Shepherd’s Bush, England, he earned 85 caps for England and captained them to victory in the 2003 Rugby World Cup. Dallaglio’s physicality, ball-carrying ability, and leadership qualities made him a formidable presence on the field, inspiring teammates and intimidating opponents.

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You can read SIr Ian McGeechan’s full article for The Telegraph by clicking here.