22 May 2012
Shingler's List - Best (and worst) of the turncoats
Read on to see who made it in the dumptackle selections for the best and worst turncoats. Can you think of anyone notable missed out? As always leave your views in the comments section below!
BEST OF THE TURNCOATS
Frank Bunce (Western Samoa to NZ)
Bunce's electric form helped the Islanders spark a famous upset victory over the Welsh before they were eventually eliminated in the quarter-finals. It set Samoa up for a trend of famous Rugby World Cup upsets thoughout the years.
Unsuprisingly, his imposing play caught the attention of incoming All Blacks coach Laurie Mains, who selected him in New Zealand's squad the following year. He then made is All Blacks debut at the age of 30 and went on to be an All Black legend, playing his last game for the team at the grand old age of 37. During the seven year spell, he scored 20 tries in 57 appearances, forming an explosive partnership with Walter Little. He was an integral component of one of NZ's most successful eras on the rugby field, helping NZ win the first two Tri-Nations, reach a world cup final in '95 and record their first series victory in South Africa in '96.
Vaega Tuigamala (NZ to Samoa)
Tuigamala was not only a union legend though. He also managed a devastating stint in rugby league for Wigan in between. His performances were exciting enough to then push Newcastle Falcons' directors to offer a then record $1 million deal for a switch back to union.
Once described by his team-mate Doddie Weir as 'simply the best in the world', Tuigamala was the original prototype of the blockbusting New Zealand winger and the inspiration for future legends such as big Jonah Lomu.
Brad Thorn (Australia Rugby League to NZ rugby union)
WORST OF THE TURNCOATS