The series of Super Rugby’s greatest ever players continues this week by looking at the top five Inside Centers, or Second Five-Eighths in the competitions history.
Although these terms are often used interchangeably, there is a difference between the two. An inside center generally refers to a player who will make strong runs, provide a threat on attack and offer a strong defensive game. Meanwhile a second five-eighth tends to be a more skilful player who can kick and pass well.
As the game continues to evolve, the positions have become more alike and traits of both are needed to an extent if one is to wear the No. 12 jersey.
For the purposes of this article, we will look at each as being the same position as teams will choose one or the other and both wear the No. 12. But each player will be looked at based on what he brings to the game and will not be advantaged or disadvantaged for being more in one mould than the other.
As always, each player is available for selection in only one position, and the list only takes into account Super Rugby form.