This is based on the talent available at the time, regardless who actually made it on a tour or not (see Ferris or Armstrong.) Each player is valued by his abilities at the maximum of his powers. Not about lifetime achievement or longevity. The balance of the team mattered (otherwise also Scott Gibbs would be in. Somewhere) 1 Andrew Sheridan 2 Keith Wood 3 Adam Jones 4 Wade Dooley 5 Paul O'Connell (captain) 6 Lawrence Dallaglio 7 Stephen Ferris 8 Ben Clarke 9 Rob Howley 10 Jonny Wilkinson 11 George North 12 Brian O'Driscoll 13 Manu Tuilagi 14 Shane Williams 15 Jason Robinson 16 Steve Thompson 17 Nick Popplewell 18 Alex Corbosiero 19 Martyn Johnson 20 Mike Teague 21 Gary Armstrong 22 Owen Farrell 23 Stuart Hogg I might go for a different team if I picked up a white piece of paper tomorrow. By then Tadhg Furlong might have dispelled my doubts. It's so much fun. If you go “what, no Jeremy Guscott?” George North on 14 not 11? Or a lighter pack with Alun Wyn Jones and Majo Itoje, please state if this selection of yours is based on different assumptions than stated above.