The former Bok and Scotland hooker selects a team of the best he played with or against.
15. Gavin Hastings
You need someone at the back you can trust and Gav was that man.
14. James Small
‘Bushy’ was world class, but it was his competitive spirit that made him so invaluable.
13. Danie Gerber
A phenomenon. His natural strength, side-stepping and swerving were mesmerising.
12. Dick Muir
‘Tricky Dicky’ used to analyse the opposition’s game plan within 10 minutes and got the message to the captain, who adapted our strategy accordingly.
11. David Campese
Campo had the X factor. He was so good, I thought he didn’t know what he was going to do until he did it.
10. Henry Honiball
‘Lem’ boasted devastating tackling and attacking skills. Players hated playing against him.
9. Gary Armstrong
Gary had a great pass and his nuggety, tough-boy character inspired most forwards to get stuck in.
8. Gary Teichmann (c)
Gary inspired his teammates to take responsibility. He was the best link man ever to play the game.
7. André Venter
André was a tight loose forward who carried the ball like a buffalo with huge stamina. He could walk into any team.
6. Richie McCaw
The greatest loose forward of all time. An openside must steal the ball and be a pain in the arse to the opposition, and that was in Richie’s DNA.
5. John Eales
John was an all-action athlete with great skills. He could step up to the plate when a backup kicker was needed.
4. Mark Andrews
Mark was an athletic and intelligent lineout jumper. He hit rucks so ferociously, it felt like an earthquake.
3. Olo Brown
All you want from a tighthead prop is for him to scrum. Olo scrummed like a lion and was also good in his lineout support.
2. Uli Schmidt
Uli was like another loose forward with the skills of a backline player.
1. David Sole
Dave had a great scrummaging technique and was mobile around the park.
In the next issue of SA Rugby magazine (on sale 22 January): Odwa Ndungane’s Perfect XV