Famous 20th Century Rugby Players

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 1 Jonah Lomu

Jonah Lomu
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Famous As: Rugby Player
Birthdate: May 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Greenlane, Auckland, New Zealand
Died: November 18, 2015

Jonah Lomu was a New Zealand rugby player whose dominance on the field had a huge impact on the game. Considered the first global superstar of rugby, Jonah Lomu proved to be a crowd-puller. In 2007, he was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame. In 2011, he was inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame.

 2 Alexander Volkanovski

Alexander Volkanovski
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: September 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Shellharbour City Council, Australia

Alexander Volkanovski is an Australian mixed martial artist who currently competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Volkanovski is the current featherweight champion in UFC and is currently ranked fourth in the UFC men's pound-for-pound list. Alexander Volkanovski has had one successful title defense and one Fight of the Night honor in his UFC career so far.

 3 Richie McCaw

Richie McCaw
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Famous As: Rugby player
Birthdate: December 31, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oamaru, New Zealand
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 4 James Haskell

James Haskell
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Famous As: Rugby Player
Birthdate: April 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Windsor, England

 5 Eric Liddell

Eric Liddell
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Birthdate: January 16, 1902
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tianjin
Died: February 21, 1945

Eric Liddell was a Scottish athlete who won a gold medal in 400 meters race at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. In his later years, he became a Christian missionary. Though he was of Scottish origin, he was born in China, where he spent most of his life and died eventually.

 6 Dan Carter

Dan Carter
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Famous As: Rugby player
Birthdate: March 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Leeston, New Zealand

 7 Jonny Wilkinson

Jonny Wilkinson
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: May 25, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Frimley
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 8 Israel Folau

Israel Folau
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Famous As: Australian rules footballer, Rugby league player, Rugby union player
Birthdate: April 3, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sydney

 9 Johnathan Thurston

Johnathan Thurston
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Famous As: Rugby league player
Birthdate: April 25, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brisbane

 10 Beauden Barrett

Beauden Barrett
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: May 27, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New Plymouth

 11 Anthony Mundine

Anthony Mundine
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Famous As: Professional Boxer
Birthdate: May 21, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newtown

Anthony Mundine is an Australian former rugby league footballer and former professional boxer. He competed from 2000 to 2021 as a boxer and held championship titles, such as the WBA super-middleweight title, the IBO middleweight title, and the WBA interim super-welterweight title. Before becoming a boxer, Mundine was a popular figure in the National Rugby League (NRL). 

 12 Martin Bayfield

Martin Bayfield
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bedford, Bedfordshire, England, UK

 13 Brian O'Driscoll

Brian O'Driscoll
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: January 21, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland Ireland

 14 Nick Cummins

Nick Cummins
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: October 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Port Macquarie, New South Wales

 15 Sam Burgess

Sam Burgess
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Famous As: Rugby league player, Rugby union player
Birthdate: December 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dewsbury

 16 Kieran Read

Kieran Read
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: October 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Auckland

 17 Julian Savea

Julian Savea
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: August 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wellington

 18 Billy Slater

Billy Slater
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Famous As: Rugby league player
Birthdate: June 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nambour

 19 Bad Luck Fale

Bad Luck Fale
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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: January 8, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nuku'alofa

 20 Michael Leitch

Michael Leitch
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: October 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Christchurch

 21 Greg Inglis

Greg Inglis
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Famous As: Rugby league player
Birthdate: January 15, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kempsey

 22 Quade Cooper

Quade Cooper
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Famous As: Rugby union player, Boxer
Birthdate: April 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tokoroa

 23 Will Carling

Will Carling
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Famous As: Rugby player
Birthdate: December 12, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bradford-on-Avon, United Kingdom

 24 Gareth Thomas (Rugby Player)

Gareth Thomas (Rugby Player)
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Famous As: Rugby player
Birthdate: July 25, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sarn, Bridgend, United Kingdom

 25 Cameron Smith

Cameron Smith
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Famous As: Rugby league player
Birthdate: June 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brisbane

 26 Burnum Burnum

Burnum Burnum
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: January 10, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wallaga Lake National Park Wallaga Lake, New South Wales
Died: August 18, 1997

Australian Aboriginal activist Burnum Burnum was separated from his family as an infant and grew up in a mission home. The Churchill Scholarship winner was a law graduate and also excelled in rugby. He is best remembered for erecting the aboriginal flag in Dover during the Australian bicentenary celebrations.

 27 Sam Whitelock

Sam Whitelock
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: October 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Palmerston North

 28 Michael Cheika

Michael Cheika
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Famous As: Rugby union player, Rugby union coach
Birthdate: March 4, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sydney

 29 Tendai Mtawarira

Tendai Mtawarira
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: August 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Harare

 30 Sébastien Chabal

Sébastien Chabal
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Famous As: rugby union player, radio personality,
Birthdate: December 8, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Valence

 31 Wally Lewis

Wally Lewis
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Famous As: Rugby Player
Birthdate: December 1, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hawthorne

The King of the Australian rugby league, Wally Lewis was no stranger to sports, being the son of a rugby player father and a netball player mother. The successful player, coach, and commentator, who had captained the national team, split with his wife of 36 years after cheating on her.

 32 Ben Cohen

Ben Cohen
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Famous As: Rugby Player
Birthdate: September 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Northampton, England

 33 David Pocock

David Pocock
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: April 23, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gweru

 34 Darren Lockyer

Darren Lockyer
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Famous As: Rugby league player
Birthdate: March 24, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brisbane

 35 Rahul Bose

Rahul Bose
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 27, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: India

Initially a Rediffusion copywriter, Rahul Bose quit the agency after bagging a role in English August. A prolific stage actor, he has also been part National Award-winning films such as Mr. and Mrs. Iyer and Antaheen. A talented rugby player, too, he plays for the Indian national rugby team.

 36 Ben Smith

Ben Smith
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Famous As: rugby union player
Birthdate: June 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dunedin

 37 TJ Perenara

TJ Perenara
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: January 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Porirua

 38 Brodie Retallick

Brodie Retallick
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: May 31, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Waimakariri District

 39 Ben Barba

Ben Barba
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Famous As: Rugby league player
Birthdate: June 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Darwin

 40 Simon Zebo

Simon Zebo
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: March 16, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cork, Ireland

 41 Victor Matfield

Victor Matfield
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: May 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Polokwane

Victor Matfield is a South African former rugby union player who captained the national team as well as the Blue Bulls. Widely regarded as one of the greatest locks in the history of South African rugby, Matfield was extremely successful at disrupting opposition line-outs, a skill that helped his team win the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

 42 Jason Robinson

Jason Robinson
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Famous As: rugby league player, rugby union player
Birthdate: July 30, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Leeds

 43 Michael Hooper

Michael Hooper
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Famous As: rugby union player
Birthdate: October 29, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney

 44 Gavin Hastings

Gavin Hastings
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: January 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland

 45 Mat Rogers

Mat Rogers
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Famous As: Rugby league player, Rugby union player
Birthdate: February 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney

 46 Matt Toomua

Matt Toomua
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: January 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne

 47 Tony O'Reilly

Tony O'Reilly
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Famous As: Rugby Player
Birthdate: May 7, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 48 Ardie Savea

Ardie Savea
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: October 14, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wellington

 49 Schalk Burger

Schalk Burger
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: April 13, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Port Elizabeth

Schalk Burger was born to an international rugby player, also named Schalk Burger. As part of the South African national rugby team, he won the 2007 Rugby World Cup and was declared the South African Rugby Player of the Year twice. He also works at his Western Cape wine estate.

 50 David Campese

David Campese
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: October 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Queanbeyan, Australia