First and foremost, wings should run like the wind – though the ability to accelerate quickly is more meaningful than a player’s time for 100m. Beating a defender through feints, shimmies and sidesteps is desirable, and if you also carry 16st-plus of ballast into contact then so much the better. Defensively, wings must be utterly fearless and dependable under the high ball and have the tactical awareness to cover the backfield, working in a pendulum with your fellow wing and full-back. Above all, wings must be deadly finishers and must relish the limelight – you can be very exposed out there!

Major teams: Counties Manukau, Wellington, Aukland Country: New Zealand Test span: 1994-2002 Test caps: 63 (54 starts) Test points: 185 (37T) Growing up in South Auckland, he started out playing…

Gerald Davies of Wales runs with the ball during the Welsh tour to Australia.

Major teams: Llanelli, Cambridge University, London Welsh, Cardiff Country: Wales Test span: 1966-78 Wales caps: 46 (46 starts) Lions caps: 5 (5 starts) Test points: 81 (23T) Such was Davies’…

John Kirwan scoots past a Welsh defender

Major clubs: Auckland, Treviso, Auckland Warriors, NEC Green Rockets Country: New Zealand Test span: 1984-94 Test caps: 63 (62 starts) Test points: 143 (35T) When John Kirwan sprinted and swerved…

Shane Williams scores against Australia

Major clubs: Neath, Ospreys, Mitsubishi Dynaboars Country: Wales Test span: 2000-11 Wales caps: 87 (84 starts) Lions caps: 4 (3 starts) Test points: 300 (60T) Shane Williams was watching as…

Jason Robinson scores in the 2003 World Cup final

Major teams: Wigan RL, Bath, Sale Country: England Test span: 2001-07 England caps: 51 (47 starts) Lions caps: 5 (5 starts) Test points: 150 (30T) The 5ft 8in Yorkshireman brought…

David Campese scores against Ireland

Major clubs: ACT, Padova, Randwick, NSW, Milan Country: Australia Test span: 1982-96 Test caps: 101 (100 starts) Test points: 315 (64T, 8C, 7P, 2DG) The son of a wine-making Italian…

Bryan Habana crosses the whitewash

Major teams: Golden Lions, Blue Bulls, Bulls, Stormers, Toulon Country: South Africa Test span: 2004 – 15 Test caps: 117 (115 starts) Test points: 320 (64T) – Information accurate as…

Rory Underwood evades the Australian defence

Major teams: Leicester, Bedford Country: England Test span: 1984-96 England caps: 85 (85 starts) Lions caps: 6 (6 starts) Test points: 215 (50T) Born in Middlesborough in 1963 to a…

Rupeni Caucaunibuca fends off the Aussies

Major teams: Northland, Auckland Blues, Agen, Toulouse Country: Fiji Test span: 2003-10 Fiji caps: 7 (7starts) Pacific Islanders caps: 1 (1 start) Test points: 50 (10T) Known universally as Caucau,…

Tony O'Reilly playing for the Lions

Major teams: Old Belvedere, Leicester, London Irish Country: Ireland Test span: 1955-1970 Ireland caps: 29 (29 starts) Lions caps: 10 (10 starts) Test points: 30 (10T) O’Reilly also did longevity,…