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 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.

 2 Jonah Lomu

Jonah Lomu
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Famous As: Rugby Player
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.

 3 Sonny Bill Williams

Sonny Bill Williams
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Famous As: Boxer, Rugby Player
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.

 4 Jarryd Hayne

Jarryd Hayne
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Famous As: Rugby league player
Birthdate: February 15, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

 5 Richie McCaw

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

 6 Dan Carter

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

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

Eric Liddell
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: January 16, 1902
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tianjin, China
Died: February 21, 1945

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 10 Israel Folau

Israel Folau
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Famous As: Rugby Union Player & Rules Footballer
Birthdate: April 3, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Minto, Australia
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 11 Ben Volavola

Ben Volavola
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: January 13, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

 12 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
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 13 Beauden Barrett

Beauden Barrett
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Famous As: Rugby union player first five-eighth, fullback position
Birthdate: May 27, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New Plymouth, New Zealand

 14 Johnathan Thurston

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

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

 16 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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 17 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

 18 Cameron Smith

Cameron Smith
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Famous As: Rugby league player
Birthdate: June 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brisbane
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 19 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

 20 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

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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 21 Ben Cohen

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

 22 Greg O'Shea

Greg O'Shea
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: March 23, 1995
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Limerick, Ireland
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 23 Mako Vunipola

Mako Vunipola
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: January 14, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

 24 Bad Luck Fale

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

 25 Julian Savea

Julian Savea
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Famous As: Rugby Union Player
Birthdate: August 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

 26 Ma'a Nonu

Ma'a Nonu
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Famous As: Rugby Union Player
Birthdate: May 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand
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 27 Greg Inglis

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

 28 Quade Cooper

Quade Cooper
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Famous As: Rugby union player
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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 29 Billy Slater

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

 30 Kieran Read

Kieran Read
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: October 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Auckland
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 31 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.

 32 Paul Gallen

Paul Gallen
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Famous As: Boxer, Rugby league player
Birthdate: August 14, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Australian boxer Paul Gallen has also had a successful stint as a rugby league footballer. He has also presented several sports shows, such as 100% Footy and has been a panelist on SportsFan Clubhouse. The former captain of the NRL team Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks is also a father of two.

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 33 Ryan Papenhuyzen

Ryan Papenhuyzen
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Famous As: Fullback Player
Birthdate: June 10, 1998
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

 34 Nate Ebner

Nate Ebner
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: December 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dublin, Ohio, United States
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 35 Kalyn Ponga

Kalyn Ponga
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Famous As: Rugby Player
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.

 36 Christian Wade

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

Bundee Aki
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: April 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

 38 Michael Leitch

Michael Leitch
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Famous As: Rugby union player as back row
Birthdate: October 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Burwood, Christchurch, New Zealand

 39 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

 40 CJ Stander

CJ Stander
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Famous As: Former Rugby union player as number 8, flanker
Birthdate: April 5, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: George, South Africa

 41 Nathan Cleary

Nathan Cleary
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Famous As: Rugby league footballer halfback position
Birthdate: November 14, 1997
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

 42 Sam Whitelock

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

 43 Sébastien Chabal

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

 44 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

 45 Michael Hooper

Michael Hooper
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Famous As: Rugby union player at openside flanker
Birthdate: October 29, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manly, New South Wales, Australia

 46 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.

 47 Rieko Ioane

Rieko Ioane
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: March 18, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

 48 Tana Umaga

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

 49 Matt Toomua

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

 50 Ben Te'o

Ben Te'o
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Famous As: Rugby and union league player
Birthdate: January 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand