Super Rugby as we know it began in 1996, as 12 franchises across New Zealand, Australia and South Africa did battle to claim bragging rights over both their domestic and international counterparts. The competition has since expanded 15 teams and has arguably become the world’s top competition outside of test match rugby.
Over the past 16 years, we have seen many great players come and go, but the very best of these players have left their marks forever in Super Rugby’s history books. Over the coming weeks we will look at some of the very best of these players, counting down the greatest players in each position in Super Rugby history.
We start at fullback, looking at five legends of Super Rugby to don the No. 15 jersey.
What makes a good fullback can depend on what sort of game a team wants to play. Some prefer a pocket rocket—capable of cutting their opponents defence to pieces on the counter-attack—while others prefer a rock who is always solid on defence and can read a game well enough to keep their team out of trouble. Although no matter one’s capabilities on attack and defence, two skills that come as prerequisites for this position are the abilities to take a high ball and to kick intelligently.
And finally, before we start, remember that this list is based on how well these men played at Super Rugby level and has nothing to do with their achievements in the test match arena or any domestic competitions. Also, each player is available for selection in only one position, so if you don’t see your favourite player, don’t panic, just keep an eye out over the next few weeks.
So, with that, let’s begin the countdown of Super Rugby’s greatest fullbacks of all time.