Have a look at former Springbok, Stormers, and Munster player Jaco Taute’s dream team, made up of those he played with and against during his 14-year career.
15 Ben Smith
Extremely dangerous with ball in hand, especially on counter attack, Ben was very good under the high ball and always in the right position.
14 Keith Earls
Brilliant finisher, exceptional work rate both on attack and defence.
13 Conrad Smith
Honourable mention to Jaque Fourie but our paths never really crossed. Smith was Mr Reliable, always made good reads on defence and created space for his outside backs.
12 Jean de Villiers
Had the privilege of making my international debut next to him. Inspirational captain and never really put a foot wrong on the field.
11 Bryan Habana
Blistering pace and always found the whitewash, solid as a rock in the tackle area.
10 Dan Carter
In his prime, he was like Doctor Strange – creates something out of thin air. His record speaks for itself.
9 Ben Youngs
Most-capped England scrumhalf, amazing situational awareness with the ability to sense quick ball that catches a lot of teams unaware.
8 Duane Vermeulen
A warrior of a man, hits like a freight train and can carry all day long.
7 Michael Rhodes
My darkhorse; physical as can be, extremely efficient at lineout time.
6 Schalk Burger
His ability to play rugby is only matched by his beer drinking ability – all day long!
5 Victor Matfield
There was only one lineout ball, and that was his ball.
4 Eben Etzebeth
I’ve known him since age-group level and he’s moulded the same as Bakkies Botha – a presence in the tight five and he does all the hard work, from hitting rucks to defending and carrying in the trenches.
3 Frans Malherbe
Anchors a scrum like no other and highly effective around the fringes just like a prop should be.
2 Bismarck du Plessis
A huge breakdown threat on the pitch, effective at set piece and built like a brick.
1 Ellis Genge
Devastating with ball in hand and pretty handy at set piece, carries like a forward version of a centre.
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