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Corné Krige’s Perfect XV


  • 23 Aug 2017
Fourie du Preez scores against Wales at the 2015 World Cup Fourie du Preez scores against Wales at the 2015 World Cup

The former Springbok captain selects his Dream Team for SA Rugby magazine.

15. Christian Cullen
A silky runner with lots of pace and a destructive counter-attacker. He glided over the field.

14. Jeff Wilson
A smart, skilful player with a high work rate. A great finisher.

13. Brian O’Driscoll
He had pace to burn, with awesome running lines, and read the game beautifully.

12. Aaron Mauger
The complete No 12 and just as comfortable at 10. A smart and skilful player.

11. Jonah Lomu
He beat you with pace, steamrolled you or side-stepped you. A rugby legend and one-of-a-kind specimen.

10. Dan Carter
There is nothing he can’t do; in a league of his own.

9. Fourie du Preez
Great kicker of the ball and one of the smartest No 9s to have played the game.

8. Duane Vermeulen 
A strong-running, no-nonsense No 8. A smart and all-round great player.

7. Richie McCaw (c)
He was hard as a rock and led from the front. Respected by all.

6. Schalk Burger
A hard-working machine; his work rate was unbelievable. A very skilful forward.

5. Victor Matfield
A lineout genius; he read them like a book. Not bad with a chip-and-chase too.

4. Martin Johnson 
A hard-working lock who led from the front. His actions spoke louder than words.

3. Ramiro Herrera
A destructive scrummager and strong ball-carrier.

2. Keven Mealamu
You don’t play 132 Tests for the All Blacks for nothing. Great at competing for the ball on the ground.

1. Os du Randt
A tough-as-nails ball-carrier and scrummager, with a high work rate for such a big man.

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Photo: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

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