Greatest Ever: Rugby Union: Top Three Loose Head Props of All Time

Barney CorkhillSenior Writer IAugust 5, 2008

The seventh installment of my Greatest Ever series is here!

In this series I will look at the greatest talents to grace various sports. This time I look at Rugby Union, and the top three players to play in the loose head prop position.

Loose head prop is a very specific and highly skilled position. They face the possibility of career-ending injuries with every scrum they go into, so the need for a specialist is paramount.


3. Tony Woodcock (NZ) - The best loose head prop in the world today, Woodcock has been a rock in the All Black scrum for six years. As well as being one of the strongest scrummagers in the professional era, he is also very able when it comes to open play.

He is one of a small handful of New Zealand props to have scored two tries in one match, a feat he achieved just a few days ago in the Tri-Nations against Australia.


2. Tom Smith (SCO) - His 61 caps for Scotland have helped Smith to become the second greatest loose head prop of all time, as well as going on two British and Irish Lions tours, making six appearances.

He scored six tries in his 61 Scotland caps and has so far scored eight tries in his 152 games for current club Northampton Saints.

At 5'10" he isn't the tallest, but his brute strength and power make him a fearsome scrummager.


1. Os du Randt (RSA) - Tipping the scales at almost 20 stone and standing at 6'3", this behemoth of a man is one of the few to have won two rugby World Cups. He took the brunt of the force in the scrum for 13 years for his country, and is their highest capped forward ever, with 80 caps.

Nicknamed "Ox" for his brute strength, du Randt came back from three years of injury and is deserving of his place as the greatest loose head prop of all time.


Coming soon: top three hookers of all time!