France's Jean Prat

Major teams: Lourdes Country: France Test span: 1945-55 Test caps: 51 (51 starts) Test points: 144 (9T, 27C, 15P, 6DG) French rugby suffered an inferiority complex as international rugby’s ‘also-rans’…

Ian Kirkpatrick

Major teams: Poverty Bay, Canterbury Country: New Zealand 
Test span: 1967-77 New Zealand caps: 39 (38 starts) Test points: 57 (16T) When he emerged in the mid-1960s, flankers usually played…

Major teams: Saracens Country: England Test span: 1997-2005 England caps: 71 (68 starts) Lions caps: 5 (5 starts) Test points: 60 (12T) Soon after joining Saracens in 1993, Hill was…

Jerry Collins

Major teams: Wellington, Hurricanes, Ospreys, Toulon Country: New Zealand Test span: 2001-07 Test caps: 48 (42 starts) Test points: 25 (5T) There are back-rows who have been capped more, players…

Major teams: Fylde, Gosforth, Wasps Country: England Test span: 1973-80 England caps: 23 (23 starts) Lions caps: 4 (4 starts) Test points: 12 (3T) He was a granite-like forward who…

John Jeffrey on the attack against France

Major teams: Kelso Country: Scotland     Test span: 1984-91 Scotland caps: 40 (40 starts) Test points: 44 (11T) Ceaselessly circling the breakdown, ruthlessly attacking on the counter or nibbling at…

Wayne Shelford of New Zealand

Major teams: North Harbour, Northampton     Country: New Zealand Test span: 1986-90 New Zealand caps: 22 (22 starts)
 Test points: 20 (5T) When debates rage over the hardest men to…