The former Bok forward selects a team of the best he played with and against.
15. ISRAEL FOLAU
The ultimate modern-day fullback and one of the best rugby players I have seen.
14. RUPENI CAUCAUNIBUCA
His speed and power were unbelievable. He would make magic with the ball.
13. BRIAN O’DRISCOLL
You need someone with the X factor and he could create something out of nothing.
12. AARON MAUGER
His ability to read the game and create space was special.
11. NEMANI NADOLO
Skills, strength, speed, vision – he has it all. Entertainment at its best.
10. JONNY WILKINSON
The ultimate professional. He was just too good not to pick.
9. FOURIE DU PREEZ
The bigger the game, the better he played. The best player I competed with in my career.
8. DUANE VERMEULEN
When Duane was younger, I thought he was quite average, but, boy, did he prove me wrong. Mr Consistency.
7. CJ STANDER
A modern-day blindside flank who can poach like an opensider, and he is a great ball-carrier too.
6. GEORGE SMITH
One of the best openside flanks, with a great skill set.
5. VICTOR MATFIELD (c)
The king of the lineout. He would steal lineouts to win you a game. He was an absolute professional and loves the game of rugby.
4. BAKKIES BOTHA
Bakkies was the enforcer every No 4 lock wants to be.
3. CARL HAYMAN
I would go to war with this man. He had an unbelievable work rate and was as tough as they come.
2. BISMARCK DU PLESSIS
A great scrummager and ball-carrier who acts like an extra loose forward.
1. ANDREW SHERIDAN
He was an English gentleman off the field, but he had no mercy for the opposition tighthead on it.
This first appeared in the December 2018 issue of SA Rugby magazine.