With Frans Stein’s love affair with the Springboks now reaching a whopping 16 seasons, Planet Rugby looks back on the best of all that has brought the honor of a test career spanning three decades.
Remarkably, no All Black team except for Sir Colin Meads has achieved this feat, and only Tim Horan, James O’Connor, Mario Ledesma, Felipe Contibumi, Hugo Porta, Crevey, two Stein, Morne and France have made it. from the southern hemisphere. Shoutout to Diego Dominguez who achieved this feat for two separate countries – he made his debut for Argentina in 1989 but played for Italy from 1991-2003.
The list is exclusive and has a few surprises, which show just how rare this three-decade feat is.
Three decades on the fifteenth rugby planet
15 Francois Stein (South Africa): We could have picked the blockbuster anywhere in our line of defence, but the full-back is where he’s won the most games he’s played recently. The kicking master, a superb distributor and the rock of the defender, his career isn’t over yet as he approaches four world Cup. (Number of matches: 77. Years: 2006 to date)
14 Les Halfpenny (Wales): The Lions legend in 2013 when he came out with the Man of the Serial award, the Welsh full-back continues to do his best for his country, whether it’s full-back or on the wing, having made his debut in 2008. (Hats: 100. Years: 2008 to present)
13 Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland): From the moment he broke onto the international stage in 1999 until his last cap for Ireland in 2014, BOD set the bar for every international player in the world as he combined blistering pace with brutal defense and an eye for a jackal around breaking. Quite simply, it’s a great game all the time. (Matches: 141. Years: 1999 to 2014).
Brian O’Driscoll…Score all the time Try to score # genius Date!
It helps when you score three in one match, right? 🤩
– Guinness Six Nations (SixNationsRugby) Jan 21 2021
12 horan team (Australia): Arguably the greatest indoor position ever and a double world champion, Horan has won both the amateur and professional eras with his beloved Wallabies. A strong runner, distribution was his superpower, creating many attempts at those around him with exhilarating loads and clever running lines. (Number of matches: 80. Years: 1989-2000)
11 Chris Patterson (Scotland): Capable of playing at full-back or winger like Halfpenny, the Scotsman was a goal kicking professional with enough gas to score 22 Test attempts in a career that saw an impressive 10-month spell in 2007-08 when he kicked 36 consecutive goals for Scotland. (Number of matches: 109. Years: 1999-2011)
10 Johnny Wilkinson (England): Few players have had a greater impact on rugby than the great Johnny Wilkinson. The world champion was 23 years old, and he ran in Tests until 2011 and had collected 1,246 points by the time he called the day with England. (Number of matches: 97. Years: 1998-2011)
9 Danny Kerr (England): It’s hard to believe DC made his debut in 2008 after making his mark at the Sevens in 2006. Blessed by the speed and aggressiveness of Kerr’s home team with Harlequins, he was called up to the England squad in 2022 after a four-year absence. Years . (Number of matches: 87. Years: 2008 to date)
8 Joe Worsley (England): Worsley started in eighth but became one of the most feared defensive wingers in world rugby, his form in subsequent years so well that he made his debut in the Lions at the age of 33, winning in South Africa in his only appearance. (Number of matches: 79. Years: 1999-2011)
7 Martin Williams (Wales): The real great Welshman ‘Nugget’ was blessed with superb football skills and skilful handling. He is one of only three forwards in the Test to drop a goal this century, the others being Neil Buck and Sergio Baresi. (matches: 104. Years: 1996-2012)
6 Courtney Laws (England): Like a fine wine, the Great Saint gets better with each passing year and is equally effective both on the blind side and on the lock. Benefiting from the lead of the test match for his skills set over the past two seasons, the Lawes’ presence for England’s Eddie Jones is a foregone conclusion. Power tower in every sense of the word. (Hats: 101. Years: 2009 to present)
5 Alon Wayne Jones (Wales): The most capped player in the world and a leading figure in his homeland of Wales and beyond, having Alon Wayne on every All Time roster is guaranteed. First crowned as a release in 2006, he rose to become a Lions legend four times and his work is not yet finished as he targets the Rugby World Cup for the fifth time next year at the age of 37. (Number of matches: 165. Years: 2006 to date)
There is only one Alon Wayne Jones 🦁
British and Irish lions (@lionsofficial) August 6, 2021
4 Sir Colin Meads (New Zealand): Pinetree’s contribution to the All Blacks is remarkable throughout in any era, and is comparable to any of the modern day legends. He was named the best player in his country in 1999. (Hats: 55. Years: 1957-1971)
3 Phil Vickery (England): World Champion in 2003, Vickery’s move count and tackle were the best they’ve ever been. With three Lions rounds and three World Cups, his contribution to English rugby cannot be overstated. (Number of matches: 78. Years: 1998-2010)
2 Augustine Creavey (Argentina): Debuting as a 20-year-old version in 2005, Krivy’s chubby tire has made him become his country’s most capped player of the season. At the age of 37, his performance with the London Irish team last year put him at the top of the all-time list of the best players, and he still believes he has more to offer. (Hats: 95. Years: 2005 to date)
1 sylvain marconette (France): Ask which prop from the last 25 years has always been the most powerful scrubber found and the name Marconnet will come up. The Givors big man has the potential to play either side on a world-class but a space favourite, he has been legendary for his party antics and somewhat light-hearted approach to rugby training, he confirmed when he broke his leg in skiing two weeks ago. 2007 World Cup. However, it has been world class and feared all over the world. (Number of matches: 84. Years: 1998 to 2011)