Machine Head wrote:
Just a quick question - who do you guys think would be the greatest Union player of all time?
New Zealand have been by far the most successful rugby union nation in history and a few years ago Colin "Pinetree" Meads was voted the greatest ever All Black. He was a tough as nails 2nd rower.
So he might be the greatest ever forward, along with the likes of Eales, Sean Fitzpatrick, Richie McCaw, Victor Matfield, Michael Jones and Martin Johnson.
In the backs pick any of Mark Ella, Christian Cullen, Stephen Larkham, Dan Carter, Hugo Porta, Serge Blanco, Gareth Edwards, JPR Williams, David Campese, Jonah Lomu, Rupeni Caucau (very ill disciplined person and had a peak of only about 3 years or so...but no one could touch Rupeni at his best) Brian O'Driscoll and a number of others. It's really hard to just pick out one guy as the best. It's not really one of those sports where there's a clear cut number 1...like say cricket, basketball or ice hockey.
Mark Ella is a good pick John. He kept Wally Lewis on the bench in the Australian schoolboys rugby side the year they were in it. I remember seeing a documentary about Mark Ella where Lewis said that of everyone he played with, Mark Ella was the best/most skillful (can't remember exact words)...and he only played with Ella as a school boy! It's too bad he retired so early. Maybe another 4 or 5 years at the top and he could have cemented himself as that best player ever. Or at least he could have converted to rugby league and become the all time greatest dual international.