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


LOOSEHEAD-PROP: Jason leonard (England)

Sir Ian McGeechan: “Completely unflappable, Jason was never in any trouble. Technically, he was superb and temperamentally he was sound, a huge character on and off the pitch.”

Martin Johnson: “Solid as a rock, was regularly asked to play on both sides of the scrum and never moaned. His record of four World Cups and two finals says it all.”

HOOKER: Sean Fitzpatrick (New Zealand)

Sir Ian McGeechan: “He was outstanding, not just as a player but as a captain, and as a man.  His consistency was unbelievable in an international career that spanned 12 years: 92 Test appearances, including a world record 63 consecutive Test matches and 51 as captain.”

Martin Johnson: “Played for the All Blacks for ten years, a fantastic competitor and a great captain.”

TIGHTHEAD-PROP: Olo Brown (New Zealand)

Lawrence Dallaglio: “When the All Blacks had Dowd, Fitzpatrick and Brown in their front, they only ever went in one direction, forward. Brown was an awesome player, a truly brilliant scrummager.”


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