Is Dan Carter the greatest player in his position of all time?
At his peak there was no one better. Possibly there has been no greater player ever, in any position.
His performance against the Lions in Wellington will live forever in rugby folklore. As will his renaissance over the latter part of his career, which reminded us of his genius. One of the most straight forward decisions for a coach would have been writing his name down on the team sheet and moving on.
Can Jones force out Jonny?
Stephen Jones’ performances in New Zealand in 2005 were solid, if nothing else. Fast-forward four years and he became ever more influential. Had it not been for a moment of madness by Ronan O’Gara and a typically effortless Morne Steyn goal, then this series could have been very different. And Jones would have been hailed as the tactical genius that delivered it.
The Pretoria test of that series is one of legend, some even call it the greatest test ever played. If you brush past the severe brutality and wipe away the foul play of both Burger and Botha you will see, at the centre of everything was Stephen Jones. Jones’ play was such that he dictated proceedings, kicked goals from everywhere and brought the Lions to within a minute of a most famous victory. To us here at The 1014, he just strengthens the Welsh legacy in the 10 jersey.
But for all of this, there is only one Jonny Wilkinson.
When looking back at the professional era both Wilkinson and Carter have defined what it is to be a number 10. He is impossible to leave out.
The professional era teams to date…
1. Tony Woodcock
2. Dane Coles
3. Carl Hayman
4. Brodie Retallick
5. Sam Whitelock
6. Jerry Collins
7. Richie McCaw (c)
8. Kieran Read
9. Aaron Smith
10. Dan Carter
1. Tom Smith
2. Keith Wood
3. Phil Vickery
4. Martin Johnson (c)
5. Paul O’Connell
6. Lawrence Dallaglio
7. Richard Hill
8. Jamie Heaslip
9. Matt Dawson
10. Jonny Wilkinson
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Author: Steven Prescott
I am a total sports fanatic; it is as simple as that. I love all sports, and when I’m not sitting at my computer living my dream with The 1014, I am planning adventures. The last time I did this I ended up convincing my wife to cycle 26,125km across three continents, and 22 countries with me as part of the Pedalling Prescotts.