Rugby Players

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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 1 Jonah Lomu

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Famous As: Rugby Player
Birthdate: May 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: New Zealander
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
Nationality: Australian

 3 Sonny Bill Williams

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Famous As: Boxer, Rugby Player
Birthdate: August 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: New Zealander

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.

 4 Richie McCaw

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Famous As: Rugby player
Birthdate: December 31, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: New Zealander

 5 Jarryd Hayne

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Famous As: Rugby league player, American football player
Birthdate: February 15, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Australian

 6 Dan Carter

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Famous As: Rugby player
Birthdate: March 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: New Zealander
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 7 Jonny Wilkinson

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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: May 25, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
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 8 James Haskell

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Famous As: Rugby Player
Birthdate: April 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
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 9 Israel Folau

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Famous As: Australian rules footballer, Rugby league player, Rugby union player
Birthdate: April 3, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Australian

 10 Eric Liddell

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Birthdate: January 16, 1902
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Scottish
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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 11 Johnathan Thurston

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Famous As: Rugby league player
Birthdate: April 25, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Australian

 12 Beauden Barrett

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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: May 27, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: New Zealander
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 13 Gareth Thomas (Rugby Player)

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Famous As: Rugby player
Birthdate: July 25, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Welsh

 14 Rahul Bose

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 27, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian
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 15 Nick Cummins

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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: October 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Australian

 16 Cameron Smith

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Famous As: Rugby league player
Birthdate: June 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Australian
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 17 Martin Bayfield

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 18 Anthony Mundine

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Famous As: Professional Boxer
Birthdate: May 21, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Australian

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). 

 19 Sam Burgess

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Famous As: Rugby league player, Rugby union player
Birthdate: December 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Australian

 20 Ben Cohen

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Famous As: Rugby Player
Birthdate: September 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
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 21 Brian O'Driscoll

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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: January 21, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Irish

 22 Julian Savea

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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: August 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: New Zealander

 23 Bad Luck Fale

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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: January 8, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Tongan

 24 Greg Inglis

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Famous As: Rugby league player
Birthdate: January 15, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Australian

 25 Kieran Read

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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: October 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: New Zealander

 26 Billy Slater

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Famous As: Rugby league player
Birthdate: June 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Australian
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 27 Michael Leitch

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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: October 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Japanese

 28 Kalyn Ponga

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Famous As: Rugby Player
Birthdate: March 30, 1998
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Australian, New Zealander
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 29 Christian Wade

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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: May 15, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 30 Quade Cooper

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Famous As: Rugby union player, Boxer
Birthdate: April 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Australian, New Zealander

 31 Burnum Burnum

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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: January 10, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Australian
Died: August 18, 1997

 32 Will Carling

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Famous As: Rugby player
Birthdate: December 12, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
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 33 Michael Cheika

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Famous As: Rugby union player, Rugby union coach
Birthdate: March 4, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Australian

 34 Paul Gallen

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Famous As: Boxer, Rugby league player
Birthdate: August 14, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Australian
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 35 Sam Whitelock

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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: October 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: New Zealander

 36 Sébastien Chabal

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Famous As: rugby union player, radio personality,
Birthdate: December 8, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: French
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 37 Valentine Holmes

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Famous As: Rugby league player
Birthdate: July 24, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Australian

 38 Michael Hooper

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Famous As: rugby union player
Birthdate: October 29, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Australian

 39 Tendai Mtawarira

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

 40 Darren Lockyer

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Famous As: Rugby league player
Birthdate: March 24, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Australian

 41 Matt Toomua

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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: January 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Australian

 42 Ben Barba

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Famous As: Rugby league player
Birthdate: June 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Australian

 43 Brodie Retallick

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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: May 31, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: New Zealander

 44 Gareth Edwards

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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: July 12, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Welsh

 45 David Pocock

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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: April 23, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Australian, Zimbabwean

 46 Wally Lewis

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Famous As: Rugby Player
Birthdate: December 1, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Australian

 47 Ben Smith

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Famous As: rugby union player
Birthdate: June 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: New Zealander

 48 TJ Perenara

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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: January 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: New Zealander

 49 Victor Matfield

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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: May 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: South African

 50 Mat Rogers

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Famous As: Rugby league player, Rugby union player
Birthdate: February 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Australian
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