James Haskell picks his dream XV

James Haskell picks his dream XV

Check out who retired England flanker James Haskell has chosen for The Rugby Paper’s all-time Dream Team of players he’s played with or against.

1.Tim Payne

“One of the most hard-working props there has been. Just a complete team man in the way that he plays the game and a very strong scrummager.”

Tim Payne (rugby union) - Alchetron, the free social encyclopedia

2.Trevor Leota

“Easily the best hooker I’ve played with. He had the complete skill-set and he put in some of the biggest hits I’ve seen.”

How Wasps cult hero Trevor Leota secured his spot at Twickenham for Premiership final - CoventryLive

3.Paul Doran Jones

 “I’ve got to go for my old mate Paul. Another very good scrummager, and surprisingly he’s in pretty good shape for a prop – there aren’t many with a six pack but he’s one of them.”

Paul Doran-Jones - Wikipedia

4.Simon Shaw

“Shawsy is one of the best I’ve played with. A fantastic pro with great hands and great aerial prowess – and a great bloke as well.”

My rugby hero: Simon Shaw | Rugby-Addict

5.Chris Jack

“A world class lock who would make an ideal partnership with Shawsy. He has ability like no other lock I’ve seen.”

4. Chris Jack | Rugby men, Tottenham, Rugby players

6.Schalk Burger 

“A player who shows absolutely no regard for his body. He is just so incredibly physical and it is so tough playing against him.”

Rugby's Greatest: Schalk Burger - Springbok Flanker

7.Richie McCaw

“The thing that has stood out for me is his decision-making at the breakdown,  knowing when to compete for the ball, to clear out or to get back in the line, he always makes the right decision and he’s been doing it for years.”

Richie McCaw's Milestone: Just Another Day at the Office - The New York Times

8.Lawrence Dallaglio

“There were a number of competitors but I’ve got to show a bit of loyalty to Lawrence. He’d be captain in this team, his leadership was incredible and was someone I really looked up to coming through at Wasps.”

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9.Danny Care

“I just love the way he plays. The energy and the skill that he brings. Some of his footballing skills are just amazing and he’s got good chat as well.”

Danny Care: I was "fully done" playing with no fans and cried when they returned - Mirror Online

10.Jonny Wilkinson 

“Another who just constantly sets the standard. Close call with Dan Carter but I have to go for Jonny because of his attitude and the way he gives his all for the cause.”

Rugby's Greatest: Jonny Wilkinson - England's Finest

11.Rupeni Caucau

“Just an incredible player who would score incredible tries. He could look like a 40-year-old builder with his belly hanging out but he could still turn it on.”

Rupeni Caucaunibuca - The Fijian Flyer - YouTube

12.Ma’a Nonu 

“I played with him in Japan and he’s another great bloke off the pitch and on it he has some fantastic skills. He can tackle, pass, kick and he’s a real handful.”

Ma'a Nonu heading back to Toulon | PlanetRugby

13.Tamati Ellison 

“Another I played with in Japan. Ultra-professional and if it wasn’t for injuries I’m sure he’d have won more New Zealand caps.”

Ellison heading back to Japan | PlanetRugby

14.Alesana Tuilagi

“I was pretty mortified when I found out he’s coming back to the Premiership with Newcastle a few years back. Just when you think you’re in the clear, the Tuilagis all start coming back. So, so powerful.”

Alesana Tuilagi ban reduced by World Rugby committee after appeal | Stuff.co.nz

15.Jason Robinson

“What incredible footwork. I remember an England session at the 2007 World Cup and he was getting frustrated during a sidestepping drill. Mark Cueto just turned to him to explain not everyone had feet like him.”

Six Nations Rugby | Greatest XV Profile: Jason Robinson
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