Bok legend named in French Dream Team
TOP 14 SPOTLIGHT: Only one South African made the Dream Team – the best players of all time in France’s premiers club competition.
After two weeks of polls and more than 3000 votes, the Top 14 readers named their best players.
And The legend that is Bakkies Botha won a place at the top table – partnering Frenchman Fabien Pelous in a formidable second row.
Only four non-France players made the Dream Team, three of them in the backline – Argentinean Juan Martin Hernandez at fullback, Wallaby great Matt Giteau at centre and Englishman Johnny Wilkinson at flyhalf.
Botha is the only outsider in the pack.
Wilkinson, who kicked the winning drop-goal in the 2003 World Cup Final, beat off the challenge of All Black legend Dan Carter for the No.10 jersey.
Other South Africans to feature in the polls include French-capped scrumhalf Rory Kockott finished fourth in the No.9 vote and 2007 World Cup-winning and record-breaking try scorer Bryan Habana came in at No.2 on the left wing, .
Top X 14 Dream Team: 15 Juan Martin Hernandez, 14 Vincent Clerc, 13 Matt Giteau, 12 Yannick Jauzion, 11 Maxime Medard, 10 Johnny Wilkinson, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Imanol Harinordoquy, 7 Serge Betsen, 6 Thierry Dusautoir, 5 Fabien Pelous, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 William Servat, 1 Sylvain Marconnet.