2. William Servat – Excellent over a long, successful career. Did the basics really well and was hard to work out in the scrum.
3. Adam Jones – When I first started playing as an apprentice at Glasgow he was someone you’d try and compare yourself to. First man on the team sheet for club, country and the Lions.
4. Victor Matfield – Not only excellent at lineouts but explosive in open play and loved to carry the ball. Set new benchmark of lock play.
5. Fabien Pelous – Grew up watching him on TV and then I got to play him in the 2009 Heineken Cup game against Toulouse. In open play, one of the most dangerous guys in world rugby.
6. Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe – A hard-worker who leads by example and has played a big part in helping Argentina get stronger and stronger. He’s always there sniffing around the ball.
7. Shane Jennings – One of the most underrated players about. A constant handful who is always there at the breakdown and I think he should be playing more at international level.
8. Nick Williams – Makes a lot of yards and is a real presence at No.8. Carries he ball effectively and has been superb since moving to Ulster last year.
9. Nikola Matawalu – An exciting player who has a knack of finding space and making huge breaks – a match-winner that the team responds to.
10. Quade Cooper – Could have gone for Jonny Wilkinson but Quade has a spark to his game that everyone loves to watch. Like Niko, can have moments of madness but is brilliant with the ball in hand.
11. Shane Williams – Has an incredible record with Ospreys, always beating guys bigger than himself and has a sense of getting on the end of every attack. One of Wales’ very best.
12. Wesley Fofana – He has the ability to be one of the best of his era. He’s not just quick but has an ability to spin away from tackles, while still possessing a lot of strength.
13. Brian O’Driscoll – One of the best to ever play his position. Vastly intelligent, his best ability is to make something out of nothing.
14. DTH van Der Merwe – An underrated player who doesn’t get much notice probably due to the fact he plays for Canada – who are improving but not there yet. He pushes off tacklers as if they weren’t there.
15. Rod Seib – I played with Rod at Aberdeen and he was one of the best club players around. He played like a real professional and I learned a lot from him. He had an opportunity to play for Glasgow but had work commitments instead.
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