Some of the most prolific try-scorers of modern games have been featured at the 5 Nations – but who’s the most deadly in tournament history?
On the latest episode, Six Nations Greatest, Sam Warburton (ex-British Lions captain) and Danny Care (ex-England scrumhalf), answer this question.
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Below are the top six try-scorers. Agree? Disagree? You can change the order of their selections in the vote section at the bottom.
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5. Ben Cohen (England)
Who? Cohen, who was 6ft 2in tall and more than 16st in weight, was a key player in England’s 2003 World Cup-winning squad. Before retiring in 2011, he scored 31 tries in 57 tests, 13 in the Six Nations.
Warburton: “Ben Cohen is a new breed in wingers when he first arrived on the scene. He was strong, big, and physically powerful. But he was also very fast with incredible acceleration.
I used to love his boots too. When I was a teenager, I saw his boots and decided to buy them.
4. Stuart Hogg (Scotland).
Who? Hogg is the current Scotland captain. He has made solo long-distance scores something of an art. As a teenager, he won his first Test match against France in 2012. He has been in every tournament since then.
Warburton: “He has that individual brilliance.” Stuart Hogg would be my favorite Six Nations show if I was a little kid.
Take care: He won’t just give you a pass. He will make you a world-class person.
3. Jason Robinson (England).
Who? After a successful rugby league career, Robinson decided to switch to union and embraced the 15-man code immediately. Robinson was a constant threat to opposition defenses because of his relentless pace and vicious side-step. In 51 England games, he scored 28 tries.
Warburton: He was so explosive and muscle-bound. You wouldn’t be capable of holding on to him if you were able to get close to him.
Care: “He would just smother you alive. Even though it made me look stupid, I felt privileged to have his little stutter on me.
“He had unbelievable feet – next level. He was the type of player that you would spend your money to see play. He was a one-of-a-kind player.
2. George North (Wales)
Who? North, an 18-year old, burst onto the Test scene scoring two debut tries against South Africa. Many more have been added to his record, including 22 in Six Nations. His size, pace, and bravery make him an impressive finishing force.
Warburton: “It was difficult for him to manage expectations because he set such high standards, so young.
Biomechanically, he is very gifted. He is a gifted athlete and player because of all these factors.
“He could really pick up this list and take it to the sword. He’s 29 years old and is second on the list of tries scored. That’s quite impressive.
Care: It’s almost unfair. He was at the end of everything when Wales came on.
“I have been a huge fan of the band since childhood.”
1. Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)
Who? Who? “Bod” could do it all. A feat of wrecking-ball courage, a graceful line-break, and a Nijinsky-worthy jink.
Care: “He was my go-to guy. When you need it to happen, give him the ball.
“In magic moments, you look for your major players, and Brian O’Driscoll was there on the last day of the 2009 Championship.
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“Ireland was chasing a Grand Slam for the first time in 61 years. But a strong Wales side in Cardiff prevented them from achieving the sweep.
“O’Driscoll scored an excellent pick-and-go attempt to put his team ahead for the first match. He then scored a 78th-minute goal to take the lead after the hosts had fought back.”