Sir Ian McGeechan ranks the top 10 rugby wingers of all time, Bryan Habana seventh - Ruck

Sir Ian McGeechan ranks the top 10 rugby wingers of all time, Bryan Habana seventh

Renowned British & Irish rugby icon and esteemed rugby commentator, Sir Ian McGeechan, offers his expert insight by curating a list of the top 10 most exceptional wingers in the history of the game.

10. Rory Underwood (England)

Underwood, a legendary figure in English rugby, dominated the sport with his blistering speed and remarkable try-scoring ability. As a winger for the English national team throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Underwood’s exploits on the field became the stuff of legend. His impressive career includes multiple Rugby World Cup appearances and a reputation as one of England’s most prolific try scorers, cementing his status as an icon of the game.

McGeechan wrote: “Maybe not quite as clever as some of the others but a lethal finisher who was exceptionally quick and very, very strong.”

9. Shane Williams (Wales)

Williams, a diminutive yet dynamic force in rugby, captivated fans worldwide with his exceptional skill and agility on the field. As one of Wales’ most beloved players, Williams’ career saw him redefine the role of the winger, weaving through defenses with unmatched flair and speed. With a plethora of accolades, including a Rugby World Cup appearance and numerous Six Nations triumphs, he remains a symbol of Welsh rugby excellence and a testament to the power of perseverance and talent.

McGeechan wrote: “Defied convention because he was so small, but he was powerful and sharp. Wales have not been the same attacking force since he finished. He could raise their game on his own.”

8. Ieuan Evans (Wales)

Former Welsh rugby union player Ieuan Evans is renowned for his electrifying pace and try-scoring prowess. A stalwart of the Welsh national team during the late 1980s and 1990s, Evans’ skillful play earned him numerous accolades, including captaincy of Wales. With a career spanning over a decade, he remains one of Wales’ most celebrated rugby icons, embodying precision, agility, and leadership on the field.

McGeechan wrote: “Always one of my favourites because of my experiences with him as a British and Irish Lion. Like all the Welsh wingers, he had such a good sidestep but could combine acceleration with that. He was a superb finisher, especially in tight situations.”