Over the past couple months, we’ve been looking at some of the greatest ruggers to ever step on a rugby field. In the past, we have discussed the careers of Gareth Edwards, Brian O’Driscoll, Dan Carter, and Jonah Lomu to name a few. So, let’s continue with this series and look at a few more of the greatest rugby players of all time.
Carlos Spencer (New Zealand)
When you think of one of the greatest fly-halves in the history, most people look no further than former New Zealand rugby union player, Carlos Spencer. While playing for New Zealand All Black from 1995-2004, Spencer earned 35 caps and scored 291 points. He then played in the Super Rugby for Auckland Blues where he earned 96 caps and scored 608 points. His achievements earned him inclusion in the Guinness Premiership Awards Dream Team in 2006. Spencer was also voted at the Player of the Year for the 2006-2006 season through a poll for club fans at the annual Northampton Saints awards in 2006. Spencer currently serves as the head coach of South African rugby union team, the Eastern Province Kings.
Martin Johnson (England)
Regarded as one of the greatest locks in the history of rugby, former English rugby union player, Martin Johnson has built quite the resume for himself. In 2003, he led his England national team to victory in the World Cup. He is also the only player to captain both the British and Irish Lions on two separate tours. Johnson also led his club team, the Leicester Tigers to victory of the league six times along with winning the Heineken Cup in consecutive years. As a member of the England national rugby team, he earned 84 caps and scored 10 points. For the Leicester Tigers, he earned 362 caps and scored 90 points. After retiring, Johnson served as the manager of the national team from 2008-2011 and he led England to Six Nations success during his final year before he resigned following the 2011 World Cup.
Serge Blanco (France)
Serge Blanco, the former French rugby union player, is widely considered to be one of the most skillful fullbacks in rugby history. As a member of the national rugby team in France, he earned 93 caps and thus scored 233 points. One of his most memorable moments comes with his deciding try in the 28-24 thriller against Australia in the semi-final match of the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987. Blanco also won the Grand Slam as he led the French team to victory in Five Nations Championship in 1981 and then again in 1987. After retiring, he served as the president of Biarritz Olympique and Ligue Nationale de Rugby. Serge Blanco was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame as an inaugural member in 1997 and then in 2011, he was introduced to the IRB Hall of Fame.