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Johann Muller’s Perfect XV


  • 12 Dec 2017
Juan Smith Juan Smith

The former Bok lock selects a team of the best he played with and against.

15. CHRIS LATHAM
He created something out of nothing every time he touched the ball.

14. ANDREW TRIMBLE
Fantastic under the high ball and the most physical back I’ve ever seen.

13. JAQUE FOURIE
‘Mossie’ was big and strong, and an outstanding defender.

12. TANA UMAGA
Great skill and speed for such a big man. He was very intimidating.

11. JOE ROKOCOKO
In his prime, Joe was impossible to stop.

10. DAN CARTER
Dan has everything you want in a flyhalf, including an unbelievable rugby brain.

9. RUAN PIENAAR
Always provides great service and has a fantastic kicking game.

8. SERGIO PARISSE
Sergio has a great rugby brain and skills. He can be physical, but also plays with finesse and flair.

7. JUAN SMITH
Juan was massively physical, a great lineout exponent and ball-carrier. He gave everything he had.

6. JERRY COLLINS
The toughest guy I’ve ever played against.

5. PAUL O’CONNELL
Paul always had an unbelievable work rate in the loose and was a great leader for club and country.

4. BAKKIES BOTHA
Physical, physical, physical. Bakkies was passionate about the game and it showed on the field. Our opponents feared him.

3. BJ BOTHA
Scrumming behind him for 11 years, I saw first-hand his incredible scrummaging technique and how powerful he was.

2. JOHN SMIT (c)
A phenomenal leader. Smitty was brilliant at scrum time and lineout throwing.

1. MARCOS AYERZA
The strongest scrummager I played against. He knows only one way, and that’s forward with force.

– This first appeared in the November 2017 issue of SA Rugby magazine

Photo: Gabriel Rossi/Getty Images

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