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  Tuesday, 5 March, 2002, 15:00 GMT
Bill McLaren's World XV
BBC rugby commentator Bill McLaren
BBC rugby commentator Bill McLaren
Bill Mclaren's World XV as revealed in The Times

Full back

Andy Irvine
Andy Irvine
Scotland and British Lions full back whose offensive genius marked him out from the rest. Always willing to take a risk in attacking play.

  • real 56k Irvine in action

    Left wing

    David Campese
    David Campese
    Enigmatic Australian wing - McLaren's favourite player of all time - who allied entertainment with match winning skills.

  • real 56k Campese in action

    Right wing

    Gerald Davies
    Gerald Davies
    Wales and British Lions speedster whose pace was only matched by a devastating side-step.

  • real 56k Davies in action

    Outside centre

    Danie Gerber
    Danie Gerber
    Strong and aggressive South African, who was at his peak when the Springboks were banned from world rugby.

  • real 56k Gerber in action

    Inside centre

    Mike Gibson
    Mike Gibson
    Ireland and British Lions back who played in almost every position behind the scrum. Career spanned 16 seasons.

  • real 56k Gibson in action


    Rob Andrew
    Rob Andrew
    England and British Lions general remowned for his kicking game. Always calm and steady presence behind the pack.

  • real 56k Andrew in action


    Gareth Edwards
    Gareth Edwards
    Wales and British Lions legend who became the first Welsh player to reach 50 caps. Passed, kicked and ran impeccably.

  • real 56k Edwards in action

    No 8

    Mervyn Davies
    Mervyn Davies
    Wales and British Lions stalwart known as "Merv the swerve." Influential in both lineout and scrummaging.

  • real 56k Davies in action

    Openside flanker

    Fergus Slattery
    Fergus Slattery
    Ireland and British Lions maverick, who caused chaos in Springbok ranks in the 1974 Lions tour. Quick, hard and uncompromising.

  • real 56k Slattery in action

    Blindside flanker

    Zinzan Brooke
    Zinzan Brooke
    All Black legend whose physical and tactical skills marked him out above the rest. Bagged three drop goals for the Kiwis.

  • real 56k Brooke in action

    No 5

    Frik Du Preez
    Frik Du Preez
    South African lineout expert, cultured with hands, feet and tactically aware. Won his first ten internaionals.

  • real 56k Du Preez in action

    No 4

    Colin Meads
    Colin Meads
    New Zealand totem voted All Black of the century by Kiwi public in 1999. Played a record 133 times for his country.

  • real 56k Meads in action

    Loose-head prop

    Graham Price
    Graham Price
    Wales and British Lions anchor from the Pontypool school of front-rowing. A quiet achiever who let his playing do the talking.

  • real 56k Price in action


    Sean Fitzpatrick
    Sean Fitzpatrick
    Tough New Zealander who led his country 51 times. Renowned for his throwing, mobility, and advice to referees.

  • real 56k Fitzpatrick in action

    Tight-head prop

    Fran Cotton
    Fran Cotton
    England and British Lions bulwark who was solid in the scrummage, quick to breakdowns and a strong leader.

  • real 56k Cotton in action

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