Rugby Players

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Rugby players are the sports persons who play rugby football. Rugby is a style of football that is played with an oval ball that is kicked, carried and passed from hand to hand. There are two types of rugby sports: rugby league and rugby union. The basic tenets of both these games are the same even though there are distinct rules for each of these forms. The game of rugby as a separate style of football evolved during the late 19th century with the formation of the Rugby Football Union (RFU). Both rugby union and rugby league are played at the amateur as well as professional levels. Rugby union is very popular in countries like Australia, Argentina, England, France, New Zealand, etc. while rugby league is more popular in places like the U.S., Russia, Lebanon, Serbia, etc. Rugby players need to train up to five times a week and follow a balanced diet to maintain themselves in great physical shape. Since rugby is a very popular sport, famous players often attain celebrity status. Check out this section to know more about the greatest rugby players of the all times.
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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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Sonny Bill Williams
(New Zealand Former Professional Rugby League and Rugby Union Player)
Sonny Bill Williams
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Birthdate: August 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Sonny Bill Williams is a New Zealand boxer. Interestingly, he played professional rugby union and rugby league before turning his attention towards boxing. A very successful sportsperson, Williams has won several Rugby World Cups. He also represented New Zealand as a rugby player at the 2016 Olympics.

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Jarryd Hayne
(Former Professional Rugby League Player)
Jarryd Hayne
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Birthdate: February 15, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
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Richie McCaw
(New Zealand Professional Rugby Union Player)
Richie McCaw
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Birthdate: December 31, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oamaru, New Zealand

Richie McCaw is a New Zealand retired rugby union player who captained the national team in 110 test matches. One of the most successful captains of the All Blacks team, McCaw helped New Zealand win two Rugby World Cups in 2011 and 2015. In 2019, Richie McCaw was made an inductee of the World Rugby Hall of Fame.

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Dan Carter
(Former New Zealand Rugby Union Player)
Dan Carter
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Birthdate: March 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Leeston, New Zealand

Once considered the world’s best fly-half, New Zealand rugby star Dan Carter is best known for his stint with the Crusaders and the All Blacks. He was part of the Rugby World Cup-winning New Zealand squads of 2011 and 2015. He is also the all-time leading point scorer in international rugby.

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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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Jonny Wilkinson
(Rugby union player)
Jonny Wilkinson
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Birthdate: May 25, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Frimley
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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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James Haskell
(Rugby Player)
James Haskell
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Birthdate: April 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Windsor, England
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Israel Folau
(Australian Rugby Union Footballer)
Israel Folau
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Birthdate: April 3, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Minto, Australia
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Ben Volavola
(Rugby union player)
Ben Volavola
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Birthdate: January 13, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Beauden Barrett
(New Zealand Rugby Union Player)
Beauden Barrett
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Birthdate: May 27, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New Plymouth, New Zealand

Known for his speed and game management, New Zealand rugby player Beauden Barrett is a 2-time World Rugby Player of the Year award winner. He caught the attention of national selectors at age 19, he later has a long stint with the Hurricanes. He is the highest try-scorer of any first-five in history.

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Gareth Thomas (Rugby Player)
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Birthdate: July 25, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sarn, Bridgend, United Kingdom
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Johnathan Thurston
(Rugby league player)
Johnathan Thurston
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Birthdate: April 25, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brisbane
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Martin Bayfield
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Birthdate: December 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bedford, Bedfordshire, England, UK
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Sam Burgess
(Former Rugby League Footballer Who Played as a Loose Forward, Prop or Second-Row Forward)
Sam Burgess
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Birthdate: December 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, England
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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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Manu Tuilagi
(Rugby union player centre position)
Manu Tuilagi
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Birthdate: May 18, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fogapoa, Savai'i, Samoa
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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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Ben Cohen
(Rugby Player)
Ben Cohen
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Birthdate: September 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Northampton, England
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Brian O'Driscoll
(Irish Former Professional Rugby Union Player)
Brian O'Driscoll
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Birthdate: January 21, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

One of the most respected rugby players of all time, Brian O'Driscoll holds the Irish record for playing the most number of matches as a captain and also for try scores. He led his country to win a Grand Slam after 61 years and is part of the World Rugby Hall of Fame.

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Greg O'Shea
(Rugby union player)
Greg O'Shea
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Birthdate: March 23, 1995
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Limerick, Ireland
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Mako Vunipola
(Rugby union player)
Mako Vunipola
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Birthdate: January 14, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand
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Julian Savea
(New Zealand Rugby Union Player)
Julian Savea
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Birthdate: August 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

Julian Savea is a New Zealand professional rugby player who played a major role in his national team's triumph at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. With eight tries under his belt, Savea was the highest try-scorer of the World Cup. Julian Savea is also one of New Zealand's highest try-scorers of all time.

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Greg Inglis
(Rugby league player)
Greg Inglis
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Birthdate: January 15, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kempsey
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Billy Slater
(Rugby league player)
Billy Slater
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Birthdate: June 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nambour
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Ma'a Nonu
(Rugby Union Player)
Ma'a Nonu
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Birthdate: May 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand
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Quade Cooper
(Australian Rugby Union Player and Boxer)
Quade Cooper
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Birthdate: April 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

New Zealand-born Australian rugby player Quade Cooper is also a talented boxer. While he has represented the Queensland Reds and the Melbourne Rebels, he now plays for the Japanese rugby team Kintetsu Liners. In late 2021, he expressed he was hurt to have to withdraw from the Europe tour of the Wallabies.

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Nathan Cleary
(Rugby league footballer halfback position)
Nathan Cleary
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Birthdate: November 14, 1997
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
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Kalyn Ponga
(Rugby Player)
Kalyn Ponga
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Birthdate: March 30, 1998
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Port Hedland, Western Australia

Kalyn Ponga is a rugby league footballer who represents the Newcastle Knights in the National Rugby League (NRL). A multi-skilled sportsperson, Kalyn Ponga played several sports, including soccer, hockey, touch football, golf, and rugby union before becoming a professional rugby league footballer. He even won the under-13 national golf championship in 2010, representing New Zealand.

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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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Bundee Aki
(Rugby union player)
Bundee Aki
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Birthdate: April 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
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Ryan Papenhuyzen
(Fullback Player)
Ryan Papenhuyzen
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Birthdate: June 10, 1998
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Nate Ebner
(American Football Player)
Nate Ebner
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Birthdate: December 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dublin, Ohio, United States
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Christian Wade
(English Rugby Union Player)
Christian Wade
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Birthdate: May 15, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Slough, England
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Will Carling
(Rugby player)
Will Carling
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Birthdate: December 12, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bradford-on-Avon, United Kingdom
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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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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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Michael Leitch
(Rugby union player as back row)
Michael Leitch
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Birthdate: October 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Burwood, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Sébastien Chabal
(rugby union player, radio personality,)
Sébastien Chabal
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Birthdate: December 8, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Valence
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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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CJ Stander
(Former Rugby union player as number 8, flanker)
CJ Stander
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Birthdate: April 5, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: George, South Africa
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Michael Hooper
(Rugby union player at openside flanker)
Michael Hooper
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Birthdate: October 29, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manly, New South Wales, Australia
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Valentine Holmes
(Rugby league player)
Valentine Holmes
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Birthdate: July 24, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Townsville, Queensland, Australia
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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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Rieko Ioane
(Rugby union player)
Rieko Ioane
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Birthdate: March 18, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
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James Tedesco
(Rugby league footballer fullback position)
James Tedesco
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Birthdate: January 8, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ryde, Australia
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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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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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Shane Horgan
(Irish Former Rugby Union Player Who Played Wing / Centre)
Shane Horgan
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Birthdate: July 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bellewstown, County Meath, Ireland