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…

Major teams: Jordanhill, Glasgow, Natal Country: Scotland Test span: 1969-79 Scotland caps: 43 (43 starts) Lions caps: 8 (8 starts) Test points: 3 (1T) The man known around the globe…

Os du Randt thought his time in international rugby was finished after South Africa’s 1999 November tour to Europe, but little did he know that eight years later he would…

Sir Wilson Whineray was that rugby rarity, a loosehead who had scrummaging maturity beyond his years. The New Zealander’s star shone brightly from the day he made his Test debut…

Brain and brawn combined to make Fran Cotton an all-time great. The son of a good rugby league player, young Fran took up union at grammar school, was capped by…

Jason Leonard came over as the cheeky chippie who hadn’t a care in the world, but beneath the cheerful surface lay a steely determination to set consistently high standards. The…

Size doesn’t matter. Just ask Scotland’s Tom Smith. Despite a lack of size or experience, he rocketed to prominence in 1997 after being picked for the Lions tour of South…

Props rarely get much glory but if they did, Craig Dowd would be among the most lauded of all because he was one of the foundation stones upon which the…

To a younger audience, John Sydney ‘Syd’ Millar will be more familiar as an elder statesman of rugby administration, this recognition coming after a four-year stint as IRB chairman (2003-07) and…

Major teams: Gloucester, Moseley, Cardiff Country: England
Test span: 1985-1993 England caps: 27 (26 starts) Lions caps: 3 (2 starts) Test points: 15 (3T) His finest hour was the 1989 Lions…