UNO The weird and wonderful world of players who’ve scored just one International try
What do Peter O’Mahony, Andy Goode and Mako Vunipola have in common?
They are three of the 8050 international players to have scored just one try on the international stage. Just one, solitary try. No more, no less.
Now obviously none of us have got the time to go through all 8050, so we’ve picked out some of the best (or worst).
Without further ado…
The one in ones
A 1:1 ratio is the sign of an elite try-scorer, especially at International level.
So spare a thought for Hughie Vyvyan and Steve Hanley, who along with 100 other players scored in their only Test cap.
The 90+ club
You’d think after winning 90 plus caps you would have scored more than one try thanks to the law of averages.
Not for Jason Leonard (England) and Donncha O’Callaghan (Ireland). The two legends hold the ‘honour’ of being the only players to feature in 90 plus International tests without scoring more than one try.
Courtney Lawes (England) is the active player who is closest to joining this exclusive club with one try in 66 caps.
The genuine legends
Legend isn’t a word that should be thrown around at random.
The two above, Leonard and O’Callaghan would definitely fall under this bracket as well but are joined by Springbok ace Jannie du Plessis, and Argentina legend Marcos Ayerza.
We’re tempted to throw Andy Goode and Jim Hamilton into the mix as well. Magnus Lund? Not so much.
(All numbers come courtesy of the good people over at ESPN)