We’ve chosen a chain link symbol to denote this position, because the inside-centre (12) and outside-centre (13) work in unison. Between them they encompass many different qualities, and an outstanding 12 could be ineffective at 13 and vice versa. The 12 might be a bludgeon who crashes the ball up, or equally might act as a ‘second fly-half’, with kicking skills and immaculate passing distribution. At 13, you must have more pace, preferably the sort to take you arcing round your marker to create a two-on-one, and both players should be defensively impeccable.

Phillipe Sella of France

French centre Phillipe Sella was the first rugby player to reach 100 Test caps. But it's what he done in those 100 Tests that makes him one of the all

Jeremy Guscott of England

Major teams: Bath Country: England Test span: 1989-99 England caps: 65 (62 starts) Lions caps: 8 (8 starts) Test points: 150 (31T, 3DG) The grander the stage, the greater the…

Welsh centre Bleddyn Williams

Major teams: Cardiff Country: Wales Test span: 1947-55 Wales caps: 22 (22 starts) Lions caps: 5 (5 starts) Test points: 24 (8T) That was just another chapter of Williams’s astounding…

Ireland's Mike Gibson representing the Lions

Major teams: North of Ireland, Cambridge University Country: Ireland Test span: 1964-79 Ireland caps: 69 (69 starts) Lions caps: 12 (11 starts) Test points: 112 (9T, 7C, 16P, 6DG) He…

Yannick Jauzion scores against New Zealand in the 2007 World Cup

Major teams: Colomiers, Toulouse
 

Country: France
 
Test span: 2003-11
 France caps: 73 (65 starts) 

Test points: 103 (20T, 1DG) The professional era has seen midfields crowded with mighty collisions between…

South Africa's Danie Gerber

Major teams: Eastern Province, Western Province Position: Centre Country: South Africa Test span: 1980-92 Test caps: 24 (24 starts) Test points: 82 (19T, 1C) From Eastern Province, Gerber emerged on…

Jeff Butterfield of England

Major teams: Northampton Country: England Test span: 1953-59 England caps: 28 (28 starts) Lions caps: 4 (4 starts) Test points: 27 (8T, 1DG) Jeff Butterfield was a stylish centre who…