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


FLY-HALF: Dan Carter (New Zealand)

Sir Ian McGeechan: “He really was the complete 10. His defence was immaculate, he could break himself, he could bring others in to play, his kicking from hand and from tee was incredibly accurate. He also changed the way the game was played with his kicking from his own 22m and his kicking to compete. The greatest of the modern era in my opinion.’’

SCRUM-HALF: Gareth Edwards (Wales)

Sir Ian McGeechan: “My favourite scrum-half of all time happens to be my favourite player of all time. Gareth Edwards was and always will be the master. The Greatest.’’

Martin Johnson: ““The Welsh have put mythical status on Edwards and their 1970s players, but Rob Howley was almost as good and scored some great tries. Joost van der Westhuizen was the best scrum half I played against.”

Will Carling: “It’s hard to compare generations yet Edwards is the one guy I can say that would have been great whenever he played. He was a supreme athlete with supreme skills, the complete package.


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