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Rightfully looked upon as one of those responsible for rugby union’s 1970s advancement, John Peter Rhys Williams (JPR) played in no less than three Welsh Grand Slam-winning teams across that decade.
Back then, though, JPR played in a time where the full-back was yet to unlock its more offensive responsibilities and defence was more of a priority.
In that regard, the Welsh legend was among the sport’s finest and Williams remains a notable figure in rugby history due to his tough tackling style.
A player whose position in the history books would be far more noted were it not for several key injuries during his career, Chris Latham continues to impress in the second division of Japanese rugby.
The second-highest scorer in Australian international rugby, Latham has 40 Wallaby tries to his name from 78 caps and brought a sense of the southern hemisphere’s extravagant style to the world stage at the turn of the century.
If there’s a ball to be caught from height, Rob Kearney has, for the past five years or so, been one of, if not the safest pair of hands in world rugby.
The Irishman has been a part of all three of Leinster’s Heineken Cup triumphs in recent years and remains one of the current era’s more decorated players, playing in two British and Irish Lions tours, the most recent of which was a success, albeit Kearney not being involved that much.
Another great who’s more than capable under the high ball, Mils Muliaina was just the second ever New Zealander to earn 100 caps for the international side.
Although his kicking ability isn’t quite as impressive as some of this list’s peers, Muliaina’s running ability from deep and his tendency to influence the counter-attack are up there with the best.
An average of one try every three games for the All Blacks is far from terrible for the 32-year-old and Muliaina goes down as one of the more beloved attacking players to emerge from the southern hemisphere in the last decade.