1. Cian Healy – British & Ir­ish Lion who’s been top of the game for a while and part of an awe­some Le­in­ster front row. De­vel­oped into one of the best loose-heads in the world.

2. Rory Best – Ir­ish cap­tain and great leader. He was a big talker in the Ul­ster team when we played them. He’s got a re­ally good throw, is good around the field and very durable.

3. To­mas Fran­cis – Played with and against Tom and his devel­op­ment over the last five years is through the roof. Fan­tas­tic tight-head who gets through a lot of work for a big guy.

4. Brad Thorn – Played against him once when he was 40 and to get to that age play­ing

pro rugby is a feat in it­self. Awe­some player who I watched through Rugby League into Union.

5. Dean Mumm – Awe­some leader who spoke re­ally well and you’d al­ways want him out there. Not the big­gest se­cond row but re­ally got his frame about and was de­cep­tively quick.

6. Dave Ew­ers – Big ball car­rier, big hit­ter, big work-rate – should be capped by Eng­land. Cre­ates mo­men­tum in de­fence and at­tack and a player I’m happy not play­ing against! 7. Hugh Per­rett – My cap­tain at East­wood, Aus­tralia, and the most fan­tas­tic back row I’ve ever met. Rapid, built like an out­house and a great leader for a young guy com­ing through. 8. Billy Vu­nipola – Hard man to stop and the way he throws him­self about and

at­tacks for a man of his size, he’s al­most im­pos­si­ble to put down. Will win many more Eng­land caps.

9. Mor­gan Parra – I’ve played against Cler­mont four times and he’s never had a bad game. Con­trols his team, talks well and re­ally leads from the front as a cap­tain. I re­spect that.

10. Johnny Sex­ton – B&I Lion, world player of the year, top of his game and pulls the strings for Le­in­ster and Ire­land. You’re in awe of what he’s achieved and the way he plays.

11. Ne­mani Nadolo – Big, ball­car­ry­ing wing who’s rapidly fast and has the size to bump any­one off and fin­ish. Kicks goals as well – what more do you want from a winger?

12. Kurt­ley Beale - Skill-set is

se­cond to none and an­other great talker who can lead a side around. Not afraid to put in shots and a great all-rounder in at­tack and de­fence.

13. Manu Tuilagi – Size, pace, loves car­ry­ing into con­tact… just what you want from your out­side-cen­tre. Very phys­i­cal, puts in mas­sive hits in de­fence and at­tack.

14. Jack Now­ell – Never seen a player like him who al­ways beats the first de­fender, which gives backs great run­ning op­por­tu­ni­ties and the for­wards those ex­tra few me­tres.

15. Rob Kear­ney – Great un­der the high ball and pace to burn in the out­side chan­nels. Solid full-back who com­mands back field and alarm bells ring when he gets the ball.

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