Rugby: 13 Great Players to Wear No. 13 to Welcome 2013

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Rugby: 13 Great Players to Wear No. 13 to Welcome 2013
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A new year is upon us. A year that is undoubtedly set to bring plenty of moments to add to the collective memory that forms that thing that we cherish so dearly: sports history. And not just sports history, but history in general.

As is the case with every new year, it takes a bit of time to adjust to the fact that a new number has to be written in the year space when something has to be dated. So often it becomes second nature to write the number of the year before out of habit before realising and going back to correct ourselves.

So to help with that, the idea for this article was born. Thirteen of the greatest outside centres, or 13 of the greatest players to wear the No. 13 jersey, in rugby history.

There are many different roles an outside centre can fill in a team. Some are great distributors, others are strong runners, while there are those that command respect for their intelligence and ability to organise a team.

Who you consider to be the greatest can largely come down to what skill set you prefer your outside centre to possess. But whatever your preferences, it's hard to argue that the 13 men featured on this list don't deserve their place amongst the pantheon of rugby greats.

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