Springboks Legend Bakkies Botha has revealed his hardest opponents in a series of interviews.
Check out who he named as his toughest opponents below:
#3 Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)
BOTHA Told: “I like Alun-Wyn Jones, he’s a good fighter. We had some epic battles down the years and I have a lot of respect for what he’s gone onto achieve.”
JONES ON BOTHA: “He revelled in it didn’t he. Physically he has to be up there. Let’s just say he was able to keep the tradition going of the hardest of South African second rows.”
#2 Paul O’Connell (Ireland)
BOTHA Told: “He’s a world-class player and it’s always great to play against world-class opposition. A phenomenal leader and player. He brought something to a team that’s special.”
#1. Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
BOTHA Told: “They were always the hardest opponents we faced and there was no better player than Richie McCaw that I came up against. My role was clear when playing against them: make the breakdown brutal.
“If McCaw or any of the New Zealand boys had to take a moment to look out for me, then I knew I was winning. When I played them, I always wanted them to know I was coming for them, and the biggest compliment I ever received was from (South Africa coach) Jake White, who said he could see they had fear in their eyes during the game.”