Dan Carter, a two-time Rugby World Cup winner from New Zealand, has named his five hardest opponents in his remarkable rugby career.
Carter’s record as the finest back in the professional era speaks for itself. With 1,598 points from 112 caps, he is the all-time leading points scorer in international rugby history. With a total of 1,708 points for the Crusaders, the influence of the fly-half on the game cannot be overstated.
6. Thierry Dusautoir (France)
“He had some blinding games in big moments — none more so than in the 2007 and 2011 World Cup games against the All Blacks.”
5. Jonah Lomu (New Zealand)
“He was the toughest player. I played against him once, I was 19-year-old and tried to tackle him, kinda woke up five metres back. He changed the game of rugby.”
4 & 3. Brian O’Driscoll & Paul O’Connell (Ireland)
“Two giants of the game that have worn the green jersey were Paul O’Connell and Brian O’Driscoll. Their work rate and how they conducted themselves on and off the pitch was exemplary.”
2. Schalk Burger (South Africa)
“A real competitor and absolute top bloke off the field as well. His mindset was a little bit different when he was out there competing. That just made him such a tough opponent to come up against.”
1. Jonny Wilkinson (England)
“You might have heard of him? Former England captain and Toulon player Jonny is probably the closest thing I’ve seen to the perfect rugby player.”