Monday 19 February 2018


1 Mark Ella and Michael Lynagh (Australia)

Lynagh started his international career at 12 due to the brilliance of Ella and the two worked beautifully together on the Wallabies' Grand Slam tour of Britain and Ireland in 1984.

2 Dan Carter and Aaron Mauger (New Zealand)

Now retired through injury, Mauger was a fantastic, footballing 12 with plenty of experience at out-half. When he came together with Carter, the two dovetailed perfectly -- as the 2005 Lions could readily testify.

3 Andrew Mehrtens and Walter Little (New Zealand)

The All Blacks were clearly the best side at the 1995 World Cup (despite not winning the trophy) and got the most from their backline by playing two accomplished No 10s in midfield.

4 Didier Camberabero and Franck Mesnel (France)

Camberabero is remembered for his tour-de-force on the wing against Australia in 1987, but won most of his caps at 10, as did Mesnel. When the two played together in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the French backline sparkled.

Irish Independent

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