Considering the performance in rugby and their popularity we have selected the top rugby team of all time in rugby history.
1. The British Lions 1974
The ownership of the book lately revealed in 1974, Lions says it all: “Undefeated”. It was a travel of South Africa that started against Western Transvaal on May 15 in Potchefstroom and ended more than two months. And 22 Rugby games later on July 27 with the ultimate Test against the Springboks in Johannesburg. Along the way, no-one but no-one was able to get the better of Willie John McBride’s men. Led by previous Ireland prop Syd Millar, they were a rugby team that had the lot – a powerful set-piece, progressive breakaway forward dignified halfbacks and a large try-scoring blackmail backward. They were also as hard as nails, men who rejected to take a backward step in the face of any threat as they accepted a one-for-all, all-for-one accession compiled by the eminent “99” call.
At-times cruel test series fetched triumph in Cape Town, Pretoria, and Port Elizabeth, with JJ Williams, score four tries and Phil Bennett glitters at outside-half. They have rejected a whitewash by some questionable refereeing in the final test, but they were not to be rammed, with the Ellis Park meeting ending in a 14-14 trace. It was fulfilled with a squad Lions legend Ian McGeechan, JPR, Mike Gibson, Gareth Edwards, Andy Irvine, Bobby Windsor, Ian McLauchlan, Gordon Brown, Sandy Carmichael, Fran Cotton, Roger Uttley, Mervyn Davies and Fergus Slattery.
But more than another rugby team it was a real team, a combined force who was created to give their all to each other and the cause. Forty years on, the acquisition of the Class of ‘74 more than remain the test of time and acquired the top spot in the list of the best international rugby teams the game of rugby has seen.
2. The New Zealand 1987-1990
A Rugby team advanced of its time, the game was still dabster, but these All Blacks were occupied in all but name in terms of their suitability levels, formulation and physicality. They still hold the record for the longest undefeated streak in international Rugby a 23 test run from 1987 to 1990. When they won 22 matches with one game being drawn. That took in their victory at the opening World Cup on home soil in 1987. When they earned an extraordinary 298 points, including 43 tries in their six tournament matches. Led by scrum-half David Kirk and after the World Cup, by Wayne “Buck” Shelford, they showed off large blackmail right across the park. Up front there were the likes of Wharton brothers, Michael Jones, Steve McDowell, Richard Loe, Mike Brewer and the Sean Fitzpatrick, while there were the strike runners behind in John Gallagher, John Kirwan, Terry Wright, Joe Stanley and Warwick Taylor, with offering Fox on hand to pull the kick and strings the goals.
3. The 1973 Barbarians against the All Blacks
They played only one game together, but what a performance and what a game. Billed as a rematch of the part who completed the 1971 Lions Test series. The Barbarians had the core of the rugby team that triumphed in New Zealand on responsibility with John Dawes again leading the likes of David Duckham, JPR Williams, Gareth Edwards, Mike Gibson, Derek Quinnell, John Pullin Fergus Slattery and Willie John McBride Derek Quinnell. But there were also uncapped in late call-up Tom David, Phil Bennett and the traditional new faces player, English lock Bob Wilkinson. Becoming together under the leading of Carwyn James, they created a performance that has gone down in rugby legend, with scrum-half Edwards, flanker Slattery, wing John Bevan and JPR scoring tries in a never-to-be-forgotten 23-11 conquest at Cardiff Arms Park.
4. 2002-2003 Woodward’s England
It is a matter of remembering Jonny’s drop goal which kicked England to World Cup celebrity in Sydney in 2003. And it was a big performance for 2002-2003 Woodward’s by history-creating Clive Woodward’s part to become the first and still only northern hemisphere rugby team to take up the Webb Ellis championship trophy. But they were also better in development to that tournament. They beat in the autumn of 2002 all three southern hemisphere monsters, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, advanced of completing the Six Nations Grand Slam in the spring season. Then in June 2003 came arguably the greatest victory of the so much, as they beat the All Blacks 15-13 at Wellington. In the face of being abated to 13 men by showing yellow cards for Neil Back and Lawrence Dallaglio. They didn’t acknowledge a point in those 10 minutes, saved the spoils through the perfect boot of Wilkinson. After a week, the Wallabies were vanquished 25-14 in Melbourne. The seeds of the World Cup victory were sown.
5. The Springboks, 1997-98
The Springboks went on a good record winning streak of 17 Sequent test triumphs under the admirable coaching of Nick Mallet and the bold leadership of Gary Teichmann Between August 1997 and December 1998. As part of that run, they clinched the Tri-Nations Series and beat several rugby teams by record margins, including a 68-10 romp against Scotland in Edinburgh, a 52-10 victory over France in Paris, a 33-0 defeat of Ireland and, of course, a 96–13 decimation of Wales. Led by inspirational No 8 Teichmann superbly, they had mighty forwards in Ollie le Roux, Mark Andrews, Andre Venter, James Dalton and Rassie Erasmus, plus game-breaking backrest in Pieter Muller, Percy Montgomery, Stefan Terblanche, Henry Honiball, Pieter Rossouw and, above all, Joost Van Der Westhuizen.
6. 1995-96, The All Blacks
They might not have won the 1995 World Cup tournament, losing the final to hosts South Africa. But this was a Rugby team that lit up the tournament with an exciting brand of rugby games. And gave the sport a new global profile. Much of this was so down to Jonah Lomu, who burst onto the scene in unforgettable fashion during the rugby game contestation. Reaching a personal summit with his four-try destruction of England in the semi-final at Newlands. No man has done more to popularize the game of rugby. But he was far from the only Kiwi great in that Rugby team, with the likes of Jeff Wilson, Zinzan Brooke, Andrew Mehrtens, Josh Kronfeld, Ian Jones and skipper Sean Fitzpatrick alongside him. They were to get even better. After a year they were taking revenge over the Springboks by becoming the first All Blacks rugby team to win a Test series in South Africa.
7. Wales in the 1970’s
Wales was one of the best rugby team ever. It’s difficult to know which exceptional Welsh side of this golden age to pick out as the greatest rugby team. Because it was a leading to triumph that was durable for a decade, conquer in three Grand Slams in 1971, 1976 and 1978, and six directly Five Nations titles. That earned nine gradual precedence rugby matches between 1970 and 1973 and came enticingly close to beating the All Black in December 1972. The 9-5 win over France at the Stade Colombes which supported the 1971 Grand Slam, thanks to attempt from Gareth Edwards and Barry John, is for me the golden memory of an indeed golden era in Welsh Rugby game.
8. The current All Blacks, 2013-14
It is on the margin of making the history of Steve Hansen’s New Zealand. In thumping England 36-13 in Hamilton last Saturday, Richie McCaw’s men equaled the world record of 17 sequent test triumphs. It was a winning streak that started when they beat France 23-13 in Auckland last June on the way to becoming the first rugby team in the professional age to go through a journal year undefeated. They are now same with the winning run on 1965-69 All Blacks and 1997-98 Springboks. And will demand the record as their personal if they beat Australia in their next Test in Sydney on August 16. And they have done it despite being without Dan Carter for 11 of those 17 matches.
9. The 1971 Lions
The only Lions rugby team to have gone back as a victory team from New Zealand. Captained by John Dawes and Coached by the visionary Carwyn James, this was a team with Welshmen at its core. There were JPR Williams, Gareth Edwards, Gerald Davies, Mervyn Davies and, above all, Barry John, who remains an icon within Kiwis for the rugby he played on that tour. But there were also greats from the other home nations in Gordon Brown, Mike Gibson, Willie John McBride, Fergus Slattery and David Duckham. Running into the final Test in Auckland 2-1 up, the Lions champion the series victory with a 14-14 draw, courtesy of the only drop goal of JPR’s profession.
10. Australia 1991
When the year Campo ruled the world, David Campese reached his top during the World Cup campaign in 1991, David Campese was the most gifted player of his generation. His identifying moments came in the semi-final triumph over New Zealand at Lansdowne Road when he comprised his magic to score one try and set up another.
The Wallabies – coached by Bob Dwyer and captained by Nick Farr-Jones – had reached that stage with a last-gasp triumph over Ireland in the quarters. When they displayed their self-belief and attacking destination by running the ball at the death. And then in the final, they displayed the other side of their game, grafting their way to triumph over hosts England.
Rugby game is the most popular game in the world, it has a huge following in the western country. There are many rugby teams in the world, it is difficult to say which team are best, as far as we try to select those teams.