Rugby Sam Warburton omits two All Blacks greats in ‘best international team he’s faced’ XV

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Sam Warburton has snubbed two All Black greats in his ‘best international team he’s faced’ XV.

The former Welsh backrow – who retired last year – named the team in his new autobiography – Open Side.

However, there was no room for two of New Zealand’s all-time greats, Dan Carter or Richie McCaw.

Instead Warburton plumped for David Pocock at 7, who he described as ‘the single hardest player I ever faced’.

Instead of Carter, he opted for England legend Jonny Wilkinson at flyhalf.

“One of my all-time heroes. I wanted to be like him – I saw how hard he trained, and I modelled myself on that,” he wrote.

Both Carter and McCaw do make the subs bench, so shouldn’t feel too down-hearted, as both made the replacements bench.


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