Rudy Paige’s Perfect XV

The former Springbok, Bulls and Sunwolves scrumhalf picks a team of the best he played alongside and against.

15. Israel Folau
He has it all – pace, size and skill. He’s the world’s best under the high ball and on the counter-attack.

14. Cheslin Kolbe
Best feet in the game and a nightmare to defend against. A special mention to JP Petersen.

13. Isaia Toeava
The man can do it all, he’s a special player with X factor running through his body.

12. George Moala
A beast with ball in hand, so difficult to stop.

11. Bryan Habana
Great speed, work rate and finishing ability. Loved him as a kid growing up and then was fortunate enough to play with him.

10. Dan Carter
He just makes rugby look so easy! A special mention to Handre Pollard.

9. Aaron Smith
Best pass in the world and breakdown speed makes him an absolute must for the team. Setting the standard for No 9s since hitting the international scene.

8. Duane Vermeulen
Don’t think I have ever seen him play a bad game of rugby. You don’t want to be in his channel.

7. David Pocock
To play rugby you need to have the ball and David is a turnover king at breakdowns.

6. Jaco Kriel
We have played together since U19 and he is the first player I would want to have next to me going into any war!

5. Victor Matfield (c)
Fantastic leader with crazy skills for such a big guy. A special mention to RG Snyman.

4. Eben Etzebeth
The word dominant comes up. No-nonsense get-the-job-done player who can lead the pack around the field.

3. Trevor Nyakane
Born to play in the front row. Brings a lot of turnovers and gainline carries.

2. Bongi Mbonambi
You do not get much tougher than Bongi!

1. Steven Kitshoff
Excellent skills for a front rower with world-class conditioning. A special mention to Beast Mtawarira.

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