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Major teams: Blue Bulls, Griquas, Cats, Toulon, Northampton Country: South Africa
 Test span: 2001-2015 South Africa caps: 127 (121 starts) Test points: 35 (7T) Not even retirement halted Victor Matfield’s…

Adam Jones was christened ‘Bomb’ in a fond reference to 1990s American wrestler Adam Bomb, who sported similarly curly locks and an identical Christian name. However, the moniker took on…

The foundation stone on which New Zealand’s great pack of the 1990s was built, Olo Brown was one of the finest props world rugby has seen, but also one of…

Patricio Noriega cut his teeth in the toughest of propping breeding grounds – the Pumas’ front row. Born in Buenos Aires, the tighthead played for his local club, Hindu, before…

In 2011, at a gala dinner in Paris, a formidable foe from bygone years was inducted into the French Hall of Fame. Iain Milne, the famous Bear of Scotland, was…

Obstinate. It’s the only way to describe tighthead Jean-Pierre Garuet’s approach to the scrummage. France is a nation that adores the flat-backed, hairy brutes who relish tight exchanges and in…