6. Thierry Dusautoir (France) – Dusautoir “was a truly great captain of France. Win or lose, he was the same at the after-match function. He’d always say thank-you and was extremely polite. Helped lead France to the 2011 World Cup final when he was also named world player of the year. He was right up there as one of the best captains I have refereed and we greatly respected one another”.
7. Sam Warburton (Wales)
8. Sergio Parisse (Italy) – “I’ve been fortunate to have refereed some tremendous No.8s during my career but Sergio is tops. He’s such a talented player and rarely has a bad game”