#3. Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
McCaw is a legendary New Zealand rugby union player widely regarded as one of the greatest openside flankers in the history of the game.
The flankers career was defined by his exceptional skills, relentless work rate, and unparalleled leadership abilities.
He captained the All Blacks to back-to-back Rugby World Cup victories in 2011 and 2015, solidifying his status as a true icon of the sport.
Known for his ability to win turnovers and dominate the breakdown, McCaw’s impact on the game was immeasurable. Beyond his playing career, he continues to be an influential figure, inspiring future generations of rugby players.
Owens said: “He’s right up on any list of rugby’s greatest players.
“Maybe he will be at the top for many people.
“New Zealand won something like nine out of every 10 games in which he led them, but the mark of Richie McCaw was how he conducted himself when the All Blacks lost.”