This week we begin the eighth countdown in our series of the greatest players in Super Rugby history. With the backs all done, we now shift our attention to those who do the hard work up front in the forwards.
We begin by looking at the top five players to wear the No. 8 jersey, playing the position that is appropriately called No. 8.
No. 8 provides the link between the forwards and the backs, meaning that while his responsibilities primarily reside with doing the work of the forwards in tackling and securing ball, there is also a need for these players to have a high skill level and be strong ball-runners.
As with every other week, a player can only be chosen for one position so don't panic if you don't see your favourite player here this week. Also, only Super Rugby form is taken into account and any performances for international or provincial sides don't count toward this list.