Lions legend Sir Ian McGeechan picks the 15th greatest rugby union team of all-time, but there is no place in his selection for Paul O’Connell, David Campese, Lawrence Dallaglio or Johnny Wilkinson.
The 56-year-old picked six players from New Zealand in his selection along with three Englishmen, two Welsh players and one player each from France, Scotland and Ireland.
Full-back: JBR Williams (Wales) – “Not a stunningly original option, I’ll admit. But in my only opinion. If I’m going to pick Dream XV over the next few days, I’ll want JPR in the back. No doubt.”
Left wing: Jona Lomo (New Zealand) – “Illness and injury eventually slowed him down. But his performance in the 1995 World Cup, when the game was turning professional, will never be forgotten. The game needed a star, and I got one star at Lomu. He was brilliant at rugby.”
Right: John Kirwan (New Zealand) – “He had an all-round game; he could carry the ball through heavy traffic, he could dump, and he was like an extra back rower at times. Plus, he had an easy natural pace. He ended up scoring 35 All Blacks attempts and had a turn Effective as they went through their unbeaten matches between 1987 and 1990.”
Out of the middle: Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland) -“His ability to get back on his feet after interfering to compete for the ball was extraordinary, and he always ensured an impact on the game, whatever the type of game. He was a natural talent.”
Inside the middle: Philippe Sylla (France) – “Syla and O’Driscoll were strong guys. They could stop a striker in their tracks. I think as a pair they would dominate any midfield and I like to think of them together.”