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The world's best No.8?

The 'pretty' boys have been selected, so let's build the 'oven'.

Over the history of the game some No.8s were so good that the laws were changed to give opponents a lifeline.

Hennie 'Windhond' Muller was so exceptional from line-outs (no restriction was on where the No.8 could line up, except for being 10 metres from the opponents backline) chasing the 1949 All Blacks-backs down one-by-one, that world rugby law makers changed the law that all line-out attendees should line up in the 10-metre area).

The world's best No.8?The world's best No.8?Muller was influential in the Boks' 4-0 whitewash, of the world's best rugby country.

Muller not only captained the Boks in that 44-0 annihilation of the 'Scots' in 1951, but, also coached the Boks later on.

No.8s breaking away from scrums before the ball was out, was also changed to give the attacking teams more space.

Picking the Best Bok No.8 is the most difficult out of all, AussieBoer felt.

Morné du Plessis is my 'all-time captain' and he was a rebel with a cause.

Yes, he did some silly things, but, that is the sign of a genius.

Between him, Muller and Bob Skinstad the Boks had exceptional No.8s.

Gary Teichmann and now Duane Vermeulen are also Bok legends at the back of the 'oven'.

Is there any debate about the World's best No.8 ever?

Zinzan Brooke did what Frik du Preez did at provincial level, at Test level. He dropped, placed and scored tries! I rest my case.

AussieBoer (Kevin D)

@rugby365com

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