Famous British Rugby Players

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 1 Jonny Wilkinson

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

 2 Martin Bayfield

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

 3 Sam Burgess

Sam Burgess
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Famous As: Former Rugby League Footballer Who Played as a Loose Forward, Prop or Second-Row Forward
Birthdate: December 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, England
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 4 Ben Cohen

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

 5 Paddy Mayne

Paddy Mayne
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Famous As: Former Lieutenant colonel and appointed commanding officer of the re-formed 1st SAS Regiment
Birthdate: January 11, 1915
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Newtownards, United Kingdom
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.

 6 Manu Tuilagi

Manu Tuilagi
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Famous As: Rugby union player centre position
Birthdate: May 18, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fogapoa, Savai'i, Samoa

 7 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
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 8 Christian Wade

Christian Wade
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: May 15, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Slough, England

 9 Bill Beaumont

Bill Beaumont
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Famous As: Former rugby union player, and was captain of the England rugby union team
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.   

 10 James Haskell

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

 11 Joe Cokanasiga

Joe Cokanasiga
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Famous As: Rugby union Winger
Birthdate: November 15, 1997
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Suva, Fiji

 12 Tony O'Reilly

Tony O'Reilly
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Famous As: Rugby Player
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.

 13 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

 14 Phil Vickery

Phil Vickery
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: March 14, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Barnstaple, 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. 

 15 Christian Scotland-Williamson

Christian Scotland-Williamson
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Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: July 5, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Waltham Forest, England

 16 Adam Fogerty

Adam Fogerty
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Famous As: Actor, Boxer
Birthdate: March 6, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Halifax, England, United Kingdom

 17 David Storey

David Storey
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: July 13, 1933
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wakefield, England
Died: March 27, 2017

 18 Semesa Rokoduguni

Semesa Rokoduguni
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Famous As: Rugby union player as centre, wing position
Birthdate: August 28, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nausori, Fiji

 19 Gary Mason

Gary Mason
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Famous As: Boxer, Rugby league player
Birthdate: December 15, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jamaica
Died: January 6, 2011

 20 Matt Banahan

Matt Banahan
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Famous As: Former Rugby union wing and centre
Birthdate: December 30, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: St Helier, Jersey

 21 Josh Matavesi

Josh Matavesi
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Famous As: Rugby union player as fly-half, centre, fullback position
Birthdate: October 5, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Camborne, England, United Kingdom

 22 Alex Gray

Alex Gray
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: May 1, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bishop Auckland, England

 23 Tony Lewis

Tony Lewis
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Famous As: Cricketer, Rugby union player
Birthdate: July 6, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Swansea, Wales

 24 Sam Matavesi

Sam Matavesi
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Famous As: Rugby union player as hooker
Birthdate: January 13, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Camborne, England, United Kingdom

 25 Tyrese Johnson-Fisher

Tyrese Johnson-Fisher
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: September 9, 1999
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: England

Rugby player Tyrese Johnson-Fisher was 15 when he became an overnight sensation after a video of him playing for Oakham School became viral. The Coastal Carolina football scholar was also the first non-American to be invited to the All-American game for hopefuls in American football, although he never played the game.

 26 Cliff Morgan

Cliff Morgan
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Famous As: Rugby player
Birthdate: April 7, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Trebanog, United Kingdom
Died: August 29, 2013

 27 Austin Matthews

Austin Matthews
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Famous As: Cricketer, Table tennis player
Birthdate: May 3, 1904
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Penarth, Wales
Died: July 29, 1977

 28 Kapeli Pifeleti

Kapeli Pifeleti
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Famous As: Rugby union hooker, prop position
Birthdate: September 1, 1999
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tongatapu, Tonga

 29 Kruise Leeming

Kruise Leeming
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Famous As: Rugby league player as hooker position
Birthdate: September 7, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lobamba, Swaziland

 30 Wavell Wakefield, 1st Baron Wakefield of Kendal

Wavell Wakefield, 1st Baron Wakefield of Kendal
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Famous As: Rugby Player
Birthdate: March 10, 1898
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Beckenham, England
Died: August 12, 1983

 31 Dickie Jeeps

Dickie Jeeps
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: November 25, 1931
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chesterton, England
Died: October 8, 2016

 32 Mick Sullivan

Mick Sullivan
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Famous As: Rugby League Footballer
Birthdate: January 12, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pudsey, England
Died: April 5, 2016

 33 Clem Thomas

Clem Thomas
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Famous As: Rugby player
Birthdate: January 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cardiff, United Kingdom
Died: September 5, 1996

 34 Peter Howard

Peter Howard
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Famous As: Journalist, Rugby union player
Birthdate: December 20, 1908
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Maidenhead, Berkshire, England
Died: February 25, 1965

 35 Gwyn Nicholls

Gwyn Nicholls
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Famous As: Rugby Union Player
Birthdate: July 15, 1874
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Westbury-on-Severn, England
Died: March 24, 1939

 36 Harold Wagstaff

Harold Wagstaff
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Famous As: Rugby Player
Birthdate: May 9, 1891
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Yorkshire, England
Died: July 19, 1939

 37 Alan Rotherham

Alan Rotherham
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Famous As: Rugby Union Player
Birthdate: July 31, 1862
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Coventry, England
Died: August 30, 1898

 38 Kenneth Gee

Kenneth Gee
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Famous As: Rugby League Footballer
Birthdate: September 23, 1916
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wigan, England
Died: April 17, 1989

 39 Henry Vassall

Henry Vassall
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Famous As: Rugby player
Birthdate: October 22, 1860
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tadcaster, England
Died: January 5, 1925

 40 Ronald Lagden

Ronald Lagden
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Famous As: Cricketer All-rounder
Birthdate: November 21, 1889
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Maseru, Basutoland
Died: March 1, 1915

 41 Paul Sampson

Paul Sampson
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Famous As: Rugby Union and Rugby League Player Who Played At Wing or Full-Back
Birthdate: July 12, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Keighley, Yorkshire, England

Paul Sampson is an English rugby union and rugby league player. He became interested in different sports as a child and won the England Schools 100 meters title in 1996. He soon joined the England rugby squad while still a school student and won his first England cap against South Africa in 1998. Rugby player, Dean Sampson, is his cousin.