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Sir Clive Woodward’s four players he wishes he coached

by Saba Gulmagarashvili
Sir Clive Woodward and Brian O’Driscoll

Sir Clive Woodward, the former England boss, has identified the four rugby legends with that he would have loved to work with.

The now-retired 65-year-old won the Rugby World Cup and three Six Nations trophies, including a Grand Slam, with England in 2003.

Here are the four players he wishes he could have included in his England team.

Sir Clive Woodward

Gareth Edwards (Wales)

Woodward’s Comment:

 “The greatest talent I played against was Gareth Edwards. He was in his last season and I was in my first.”

Gareth Edwards

Danny Cipriani (England)

Woodward’s Comment:

“Cipriani is the only English number 10 of the past 20 years who, if I’d been a coach and he had been up for selection at the same time as Jonny, could have caused big selection headaches.”

Danny Cipriani 

Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)

Woodward’s Comment:

“In the Grand Slam game in 2003, we worked on a plan to man-mark him with three players, so the tackler was not exposed by O’Driscoll’s footwork and pace in a one-on-one situation.”

Brian O’Driscoll

Jonah Lomu (New Zealand)

Woodward’s Comment:

“He took rugby to a whole new level. There’s very rarely one player who dominates a whole World Cup and he certainly did. Imagine him on one wing and Jason Robinson on the other. That would be incredible.”

Jonah Lomu

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