Rugby is a game for all shapes and sizes, and in moving on to the forwards we start with players who can look short and squat and yet do a magnificent job for their team. Naturally both props must be expert scrummagers, lift in the line out, make their tackles, and hit rucks and mauls until they drop. The loosehead, however, scrummaging as he is against one player not two, is expected to do more around the field – think Cian Healy and Mako Vunipola. In the scrum, the loosehead tries to stay upright and help his hooker get a clean strike of the ball – easier said than done when a behemoth of a tighthead is bearing down on you.

Gethin Jenkins of Wales

Major teams: Pontypridd, Celtic Warriors, Cardiff Blues, Toulon
 
Country: Wales
 
Test span: 2002-2016 
Wales caps: 126 (90 starts) 

Lions caps: 5 (5 starts) 

Test points: 20 (4T) It seems that…

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