Famous 20th Century Rugby Players

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Jonah Lomu
(New Zealand Rugby Union Player)
Jonah Lomu
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Birthdate: May 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: 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.

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Jonny Wilkinson
(Rugby union player)
Jonny Wilkinson
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Birthdate: May 25, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Frimley
 3 
Eric Liddell
(Scottish Sprinter, Rugby Player and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Eric Liddell
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Birthdate: January 16, 1902
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tianjin, China
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.

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 4 
Anthony Mundine
(Australian Former Professional Boxer and Rugby League Footballer)
Anthony Mundine
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Birthdate: May 21, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newtown, Australia

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). 

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Martin Bayfield
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Birthdate: December 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bedford, Bedfordshire, England, UK
 6 
Johnathan Thurston
(Rugby league player)
Johnathan Thurston
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Birthdate: April 25, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brisbane
 7 
Ben Cohen
(Rugby Player)
Ben Cohen
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Birthdate: September 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Northampton, England
 8 
Paddy Mayne
(British Army Officer and Rugby Union Player)
Paddy Mayne
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Birthdate: January 11, 1915
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Newtownards, County Down, Ireland
Died: December 14, 1955

Paddy Mayne was not just a British Army lieutenant colonel but also a legendary rugby player who had represented both Ireland and the British Lions. He was also known for his reckless behavior, including his drunken brawls. He was part of a huge debate after being denied the Victoria Cross.

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Kieran Read
(Regarded as One of the World’s Best Forwards in Rugby)
Kieran Read
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Birthdate: October 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Auckland

Former captain of the New Zealand national rugby team, Kieran Read was not just named World Rugby Player of the Year once but was also part of the World Cup-winning New Zealand rugby squads of 2011 and 2015. He has been regarded as one of the world’s best forwards.

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Bad Luck Fale
(Professional wrestler)
Bad Luck Fale
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Birthdate: January 8, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nuku'alofa
 11 
Billy Slater
(Rugby league player)
Billy Slater
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Birthdate: June 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nambour
 12 
Will Carling
(Rugby player)
Will Carling
3
Birthdate: December 12, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bradford-on-Avon, United Kingdom
 13 
Greg Inglis
(Rugby league player)
Greg Inglis
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Birthdate: January 15, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kempsey
 14 
Sam Whitelock
(New Zealand Rugby Union Player)
Sam Whitelock
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Birthdate: October 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Palmerston North

New Zealand rugby player Sam Whitelock is one of the 4 Whitelock brothers who have played high-level rugby. He was part of the World Cup-winning New Zealand squads in 2011 and 2015. He also owns a farm and has been an ambassador for Farmstrong, an initiative that helps farmers.

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Tana Umaga
(Former Rugby union centre)
Tana Umaga
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Birthdate: May 27, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lower Hutt, New Zealand

Tana Umaga is a New Zealand retired rugby union footballer who served as the captain of the national rugby union team. After retiring as a player, Umaga took up coaching career and served as the head coach of the Blues from 2016 to 2018. In 2021, he was appointed as the assistant coach of the Samoa national rugby union team.

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Sébastien Chabal
(rugby union player, radio personality,)
Sébastien Chabal
3
Birthdate: December 8, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Valence
 17 
Tendai Mtawarira
(Rugby union player)
Tendai Mtawarira
3
Birthdate: August 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Harare
 18 
Michael Cheika
(Rugby union player, Rugby union coach)
Michael Cheika
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Birthdate: March 4, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sydney
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Wally Lewis
(Rugby Player)
Wally Lewis
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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.

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Darren Lockyer
(Rugby league player)
Darren Lockyer
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Birthdate: March 24, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brisbane
 21 
Alexander Volkanovski
(Mixed martial artist)
Alexander Volkanovski
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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.

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Brodie Retallick
(Rugby union player)
Brodie Retallick
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Birthdate: May 31, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Waimakariri District
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Gareth Thomas (Rugby Player)
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Birthdate: July 25, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sarn, Bridgend, United Kingdom
 24 
François Steyn
(Rugby union player)
François Steyn
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Birthdate: May 14, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bloemfontein

François Steyn made history when he became the youngest player to score a Rugby World Cup win, with South Africa’s win over England in 2007. With the 2019 win, he became the first two-time World Cup-winner from his country. He was part of the 2008 Laureus World Team of the Year.

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Victor Matfield
(Rugby union player)
Victor Matfield
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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.

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James Haskell
(Rugby Player)
James Haskell
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Birthdate: April 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Windsor, England
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Ben Smith
(rugby union player)
Ben Smith
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Birthdate: June 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dunedin
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Bill Beaumont
(Former rugby union player, and was captain of the England rugby union team)
Bill Beaumont
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Birthdate: March 9, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chorley, Lancashire, England

Bill Beaumont is a former rugby player who was the captain of the England rugby union team. He played as a lock and earned 34 caps, then a record for a lock. The unexpected 1980 Grand Slam achieved by his team under his captaincy is considered the highest point in his career. He is currently the chairman of World Rugby.   

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Ben Barba
(Rugby league player)
Ben Barba
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Birthdate: June 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Darwin
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Ardie Savea
(Rugby Union Player)
Ardie Savea
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Birthdate: October 14, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand
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Nick Cummins
(Rugby union player)
Nick Cummins
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Birthdate: October 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Port Macquarie, New South Wales
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Shane Horgan
(Rugby union player Wing, centre)
Shane Horgan
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Birthdate: July 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bellewstown, County Meath, Ireland
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Simon Zebo
(Rugby union player)
Simon Zebo
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Birthdate: March 16, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cork, Ireland
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Cameron Smith
(Rugby league player)
Cameron Smith
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Birthdate: June 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brisbane
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Tony O'Reilly
(Irish Former Businessman and International Rugby Union Player)
Tony O'Reilly
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Birthdate: May 7, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Tony O'Reilly excelled in various sports as a child, including football and cricket, but later chose rugby as his career path. Apart from being a famed Irish rugby player, he had also been a successful businessman, heading H.J. Heinz Company as its CEO. A debt issue led him to be declared bankrupt later.

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Jason Robinson
(rugby league player, rugby union player)
Jason Robinson
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Birthdate: July 30, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Leeds
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Gavin Hastings
(Rugby union player)
Gavin Hastings
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Birthdate: January 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
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Pieter-Steph du Toit
(Rugby union player)
Pieter-Steph du Toit
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Birthdate: August 20, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cape Town

Pieter-Steph du Toit, a popular lock for the South African national rugby team and was also part of the 2019 Rugby World Cup-winning team. The Stormers player almost had to have a leg amputated after suffering a serious injury in a game against the Auckland Blues in 2020.

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Mat Rogers
(Rugby league player, Rugby union player)
Mat Rogers
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Birthdate: February 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney
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David Campese
(Rugby union player)
David Campese
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Birthdate: October 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Queanbeyan, Australia
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David Pocock
(Former Vice captain of the Brumbies in Super Rugby)
David Pocock
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Birthdate: April 23, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gweru, Zimbabwe
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Michael Jones
(Rugby Union Player, Rugby Union Coach)
Michael Jones
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Birthdate: April 8, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
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Matt Toomua
(Rugby union player)
Matt Toomua
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Birthdate: January 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne
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Gareth Edwards
(Rugby union player)
Gareth Edwards
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Birthdate: July 12, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen, Wales
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Ivan Cleary
(Former Rugby league footballer Fullback position)
Ivan Cleary
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Birthdate: March 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
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Kurtley Beale
(Rugby union player)
Kurtley Beale
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Birthdate: January 6, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sydney
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Bernard Foley
(Rugby union player)
Bernard Foley
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Birthdate: September 8, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney
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Phil Vickery
(Former British Rugby Union Player)
Phil Vickery
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Birthdate: March 14, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Barnstaple, Devon, England

Phil Vickery is a former English rugby union player and member of the England squad. He played as a tighthead prop and was a member of England's World Cup-winning squad in 2003. After suffering from several neck injuries, he was forced to retire from rugby in 2010. In 2015, he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Gloucestershire. 

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Colin Earl Meads
(Rugby union player)
Colin Earl Meads
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Birthdate: June 3, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cambridge, New Zealand
Died: August 20, 2017
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Sam Cane
(Rugby union player)
Sam Cane
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Birthdate: January 13, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rotorua