Will Carling leaves Carter and Wilkinson out of his all-time XV

Lock: MARTIN JOHNSON (England) – Inspirational leader, formidable player, competitive in every situation. The example he set in every tight situation in every game led the way.

Lock: COLIN MEADS (New Zealand) – Pinetree. This hard man was the foundation which the success of the All Blacks was built around.

Flanker: RICHARD HILL (England) – I’m a huge fan of his. Great work rate, great lines, great at reading the game. Quiet, unassuming demeanour but was always vital.

DUBLIN – MARCH 30: England’s back row (l to r) Richard Hill, Neil Back and Lawrence Dallaglio celebrate after winning the Grand Slam in the RBS Rugby Union International match between Ireland and England at Lansdowne Road, Dublin, Ireland on March 30, 2003. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Flanker: MICHAEL JONES (New Zealand) – He had great acceleration and pace and could have played for most international midfields. Yet he was a no 7 who read the game brilliantly and was devastating in defence. He was the first multi talented openside. 

Number 8: ZINZAN BROOKE (New Zealand) – A number 8 who could drop a goal from the 10 metre line. For a forward his skills were outrageous. As comfortable playing 7s as 15s, he had better kicking and handling skills than some fly halves playing international rugby. 

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