The versatile rugby XV: The players who played multiple positions

Fly-half: Jonny Wilkinson (Fly-half, Centre, Wing)

Started his first two caps playing wing and centre, His finest hour, of course, came in 2003 at fly-half, when he slotted the drop goal that won the World Cup. The fact he landed it with his weaker right foot speaks volumes for his hours and hours of diligent practice. Bowed out on a high, earning two more trophies with Toulon.

Scrum-half: Ruan Pienaar (Scrum-half, Fly-half, Wing, Fullback) 

Prop: Jason Leonard (Tighthead-prop, Loosehead-prop) 

Hooker: John Smit (Hooker, Tighthead-prop, Loosehead-prop) 

One of the great captains of the professional era. Led South Africa a record 83 times in 111 Tests, guiding them to victory at the 2007 World Cup, a series triumph over the Lions in 2009 and two Tri-Nations titles. A teak hard performer in his own right, mainly at hooker, but also at prop.

Prop: Adam Jones (Loosehead prop, Tighthead prop)

His record speaks for itself. The scrum cornerstone of three Grand Slam winning teams and the Test tight-head on two Lions tours. A true legend of Welsh rugby who has also been one of the game’s great characters.


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