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6. John Jeffrey
The man known as the white shark for his shocking blond hair was a deadly predator on the field.
He was ferocious at the breakdown and a destructive tackler, but his nose for the try line was keener than most back row forwards of his generation.
Jeffrey’s finest year was 1990 when Scotland famously beat England to the Grand Slam at Murrayfield.
7. David Leslie
Reports of Leslie’s playing style seldom fail to include the words "fearless" or "reckless." In a piece on the flanker in 2013, Aidan Smith of The Scotsman described him thus: “Brave and selfless, he was often injured, but he played every game of the 1984 Slam and his trouncings of Wales’ Richard Moriarty and Jerome Gallion of France have passed into mythology.”
Leslie suffered a fresh batch of non-rugby related injuries in 2006 when he fell from the roof of his house on which he had been working.
Despite a number of broken bones and bruises and serious doubts about whether he would walk again, Leslie proved a flanker’s toughness dies hard, and was back on his feet in surprisingly quick time, as explained in The Telegraph by Alasdair Reid.
8. Jim Telfer
Telfer won over 20 caps for Scotland and toured twice with the Lions in the 1960s, winning six Test caps.
His playing style is most commonly characterised as hard, intelligent and, while not lightning quick, full of strong running. Injuries limited his caps tally, but his rugby brain and leadership skills were put to great use as a coach.
Having lost all six of those Lions Tests as a player, he was the forwards coach of the winning Lions side in South Africa in 1997.