The tighthead prop can command one of the biggest salaries in the pro game because of their importance in anchoring the scrum. As a No 3, you are generally bigger, stronger and more technical than a loosehead, because you are seeking to stay square and immovable whilst hemmed in by two opponents. Anyone accomplished at both roles is a pretty special player, but don’t expect the adoration of spectators – this is not a glamorous role! Rather, its made for those who relish a highly physical, one-to-one confrontation within the wider confines of a team game.

Carl Hayman of New Zealand

Major teams: Otago, Highlanders, Newcastle, Toulon 

Country: New Zealand 

Test span: 2001-07 
Test caps: 45 (37 starts)

 Test points: 10 (2T) Carl Hayman made his Test debut from the bench…

Rated alongside Graham Price as “undoubtedly the greatest tighthead prop of the modern era” by another legend of the front row, Fran Cotton, Robert Paparemborde anchored a French pack which…

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…

Sandy Carmichael was the personification of stern-faced resistance to the established southern hemisphere stronghold of world rugby in the early 1970s, when British and Irish forward play reached its high-water…

As a teenager, Graham Price was taken to the smoky bars of Pontypool and shown some of the pot-bellied beer drinkers who, once promising rugby players, had failed to make…

Playing at tighthead prop is rarely, if ever, a case of rocking up to a big stage for the first time, packing down and blowing everyone away. More often, playing…