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Scotland legend Sir Ian McGeechan is one of the most respected men in rugby having achieved legendary status for the work he has done with the British & Irish Lions.
But having stepped away from coaching back in 2012 following a long and storied career, these days ‘Geech’ spends much of his time writing and doing a bit of punditry work for various broadcasters.
For the last few weeks, he’s been working on an all-time rugby dream in his column for the Telegraph and finally revealed his finished selection over the weekend.
Eight northern hemisphere players make his team, along with seven players from the south. This includes one Irishman, six New Zealanders, three Englishmen, two Welshmen, a singular Scot, an Aussie and a Frenchman. Interestingly, not on South African made his team.
In the backs, he’s gone with the likes of All Blacks legends Jonah Lomu and Dan Carter, with former Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll named in midfield and Welsh great JPR Williams at fullback.
In the pack, England’s Jason Leonard, who McGeechan has previously named as his “the ultimate Lion”, Richard Hill and Martin Johnson all make the cut. But there’s no room for his 2009 Lions captain Paul O’Connell with Wallabies legend John Eales partnering Johnson in the second-row.
All Blacks Richie McCaw, Zinzan Brooke and Sean Fitzpatrick are also included in a star-studded lineup.
Sir Ian McGeechan’s Rugby Dream Team
15. JPR Williams (Wales)
14. John Kirwan (NZ)
13. Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)
12. Philippe Sella (France)
11. Jonah Lomu (NZ)
10. Dan Carter (NZ)
9. Gareth Edwards (Wales)
1. Jason Leonard (England)
2. Sean Fitzpatrick (NZ)
3. Tom Smith (Scotland)
4. John Eales (Australia)
5. Martin Johnson (England)
6. Richard Hill (England)
7. Richie McCaw (NZ)
8. Zinzan Brooke (NZ)