5. John Eales
The man christened "Nobody," because nobody’s perfect.
Eales is to Australian rugby what Willie John McBride is to Ireland and Martin Johnson is to England. He was in the 1991 World Cup-winning side and skippered them to the 1999 title, too.
Along the way, he not only held his own as one of the world’s best second rows, but turned his size 12 feet to goal-kicking as well. He famously elected to go for the posts at the fag end of a Bledisloe Cup clash with New Zealand in 2000, with Australia down by two.
He wellied it over with his forward’s ankle boots and cemented his hero’s status in Australian rugby.
The Australian player of the year has, since 2002, been awarded the John Eales medal, as voted for by his peers.
4. Nathan Sharpe
Sharpe simply never had an off-day in a green and gold jersey.
He ran the Wallaby lineout expertly in a ten-year career at Test level, and epitomised the modern-day lock, doing the hard yards and also capable of running with the ball in the open spaces.
He also underlined his leadership qualities as the first captain of the newly formed Super Rugby Franchise, the Western Force, established in 2005.