The ultimate all-time world XV: Picked by 20 legends of the game - Ruck

The ultimate all-time world XV: Picked by 20 legends of the game

We’ve taken the selection of 20 legends and collated their picks to form what is undoubtedly the ultimate all-time World XV.

The selection will be made up of the players who were selected by the most legends.

The list of legends who contributed to this selection are:

*Click on the players name to see their selection

Sean Fitzpatrick (New Zealand), Sam Warburton (Wales), Ian McGeechan (Scotland), Martin Johnson (England), Lawrence Dallaglio (England), Jonny Wilkinson (England), Neil Back (England), Jonah Lomu (New Zealand), Martin Bayfield (England), Francois Louw (South Africa), Will Carling (England), Nigel Owens (Referee), Os du Randt (South Africa), David Campese (Australia), Phil Vickery (England), Adam Jones (Wales), Bill Mclaren (Commentator), Jeremy Guscott (England), Zinzan Brooke (New Zealand), and Mike Tindall (England).


FULLBACK: Jason Robinson (England)

Neil Back: “Billy the Wizz proved if you’re good enough you’re big enough with his acceleration, twirling feet and match-winning mentality.”

Jeremy Guscott: “Robinson was a superstar in Rugby Union and Rugby League, but it took him half the time to become a household name when he came over to the fifteen-a-side code. He left as one of the true greats, and as the biggest cross-code success in professional Rugby Union.”

Phil Vickery: “One of my favourite memories was  Jason scoring the first try in the first Lions Test in 2001. He was great fun to be around, he worked hard and he loved his rugby.”

WINGER: Jonah Lomu (New Zealand)

Sir Ian McGeechan: “Illness and injury ultimately slowed him down. But his performances at the 1995 World Cup, just as the game was turning professional, will never be forgotten. The game needed a superstar, and it got one in Lomu. He was brilliant for rugby.”

Lawrence Dallaglio: “If only for the matches he played against England, he would get in, but Lomu played plenty of other great matches.”

Jonny Wilkinson: “The guy is quite a remarkable rugby legend and deserves to be so. No Rugby World cup team would be complete without him.”

Martin Bayfield: “I remember holding on to his leg, and it was like putting your arm around somebody’s chest.”

WINGER: David Campese (Australia)

Lawrence Dallaglio: “Wasn’t always generous in his comments about England but he was a great player and, really, he walks into the team.”

Will Carling: “He was well ahead of his time. His anticipation and vision was way ahead of what everyone else was attempting, and 99 per cent of it came off. He took running lines no one else could fathom and made passes no one could see were on. 

Jeremy Guscott: “For pure talent and instinct he is up there with Gareth Edwards and Jonah Lomu – that is how much impact he had on the game. Campo did not have exceptional pace, but his timing, running lines and skill, in terms of passing and kicking, were extraordinary.”