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Rugby World Cup 2015 History: Legends
Legend: Tim Horan - Honours: RWC winner: 1991, 1999
Like South Africa's legendary Os du Randt, Tim Horan was one of a rare group of players who not only played in three different World Cups, he also won it twice.
Legend: David Campese - Honours: RWC winner: 1991
The Player of the Tournament at the 1991 World Cup, it may well be that David Campese's contribution to the winning Australian effort went further than just his famed exploits on the field, but also the lippy stuff that once led former Wallaby coach Bob Dwyer to comment that there was a loose wire between Campese's brain and his mouth.
Legend: Jonny Wilkinson - Honours: RWC winner: 2003
Many in the southern hemisphere would baulk at seeing Jonny Wilkinson included among a list of greatest World Cup players, but while it may be true that his repertoire was made up largely of kicks, both out of hand and place-kicks, there have been few whose image has dominated a World Cup as much as Wilkinson did in Australia in 2003.
Legend: Jonah Lomu - Honours: RWC winner: none
A commentator reduced to gasps because a player’s performance was so awesome. Surely not? Well it’s true, for legend has it that the respected New Zealand commentator Keith Quinn was only able to let out a few gasps rather than any audible comment as the colossal Jonah Lomu ran rough-shod over the England backline in Cape Town in the 1995 World Cup.
Legend: Os du Randt - Honours: RWC winner: 1995, 2007
Okay, so maybe there is one legendary South African who managed to end his career in a major final - and bow out on the winning side. Jacobus Petrus du Randt, known as Os (Ox) throughout his career, played his last game for the Springboks on the night they beat England 15-6 at Stade de Francais in Paris to win the World Cup for the second time.
Legend: Richie McCaw - Honours: RWC winner: 2011
Richie McCaw goes into the 2015 Rugby World Cup with a long list of records already behind his name. His right to be called one of the legends of the game has long since been awarded, and he may well come back from England this year with the title "greatest of all time".
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