Tom Wood picks his dream team, but Wilkinson and Vunipola miss out

Fly-half: Owen Farrell – “Names to mention include Jonny Wilkinson, Dan Biggar, Danny Cipriani, Stephen Myler, Dan Carter and Carlos Spencer, but I’m going with Owen. One of the toughest competitors I’ve known, real leadership and top draw goal-kicker.”

Scrum-half: Cobus Reinach – “Loads of options again but I’m going with Cobus as he was devastating to have in your team.”

Loosehead-prop: Alex Waller – “Tragically not capped for England despite touring in 2014, Titanium Man is almost invincible (ironically, as I write he’s recovering from a ruptured Achilles!) and holds the record for most consecutive Premiership appearances.”

Hooker: Dylan Hartley – “Dylan has all the leadership, gravitas, toughness and career stats as Saints and England captain to go down as one of the all-time most successful men to pull on the jerseys.”

Tighthead-prop: Carl Hayman – ” I don’t know him personally but used to love watching him play. Colossal man to play against.”


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