1. Colin Meads (New Zealand)
The 55-cap second-row is widely considered one of the greatest players in history. Nicknamed ‘Pinetree’ due to his physical presence, he was an icon within New Zealand rugby, and was named the country’s Player of the Century at the NZRFU Awards in 1999.
“I could have picked any one of my 2003 teammates, but I’ve gone for my rugby hero,” said Johnson. “He played in the 1960s but was a very modern player. Meads was the greatest ever All Black.”