Find out more about the greatest rugby player of all time, including Richie McCaw, Jonah Lomu, Martin Johnson, Brian O'Driscoll and Dan Carter.

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.
Jonah Lomu Jonah Lomu
New Zealander

Kalyn Ponga Kalyn Ponga
Australian, New Zealander

Wally Lewis Wally Lewis
Australian
Wilco Froneman Wilco Froneman
South African

Beauden BarrettBeauden Barrett
New Zealander
Jonny WilkinsonJonny Wilkinson
British

Dan CarterDan Carter
New Zealander
Richie McCawRichie McCaw
New Zealander

Kieran ReadKieran Read
New Zealander

Michael LeitchMichael Leitch
Japanese

Israel FolauIsrael Folau
Australian

Michael CheikaMichael Cheika
Australian
David PocockDavid Pocock
Australian, Zimbabwean

Rahul BoseRahul Bose
Indian

Sam BurgessSam Burgess
Australian

Julian SaveaJulian Savea
New Zealander
Sam WhitelockSam Whitelock
New Zealander

Brodie RetallickBrodie Retallick
New Zealander
Jarryd HayneJarryd Hayne
Australian

Cameron SmithCameron Smith
Australian

Adam Ashley-CooperAdam Ashley-Cooper
Australian
Sébastien ChabalSébastien Chabal
French

Johnathan ThurstonJohnathan Thurston
Australian
François SteynFrançois Steyn
South African

Victor MatfieldVictor Matfield
South African

Tendai MtawariraTendai Mtawarira
Zimbabwean
Billy SlaterBilly Slater
Australian
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Quade CooperQuade Cooper
Australian, New Zealander
TJ PerenaraTJ Perenara
New Zealander

Ardie SaveaArdie Savea
New Zealander

Paul GallenPaul Gallen
Australian

Kurtley BealeKurtley Beale
Australian
Schalk BurgerSchalk Burger
South African
Martin BayfieldMartin Bayfield
British

Darren LockyerDarren Lockyer
Australian

Greg InglisGreg Inglis
Australian

Ben TameifunaBen Tameifuna
New Zealander
Ben BarbaBen Barba
Australian

Robbie FarahRobbie Farah
Australian

Bernard FoleyBernard Foley
Australian

Conrad SmithConrad Smith
New Zealander

Owen FranksOwen Franks
New Zealander
Lood de JagerLood de Jager
South African

Piri WeepuPiri Weepu
New Zealander
Graham HenryGraham Henry
New Zealander

Matt ToomuaMatt Toomua
Australian

John EalesJohn Eales
Australian
Daniel VidotDaniel Vidot
Australian

Sean MaitlandSean Maitland
New Zealander
Keven MealamuKeven Mealamu
New Zealander

Israel DaggIsrael Dagg
New Zealander

Willie le RouxWillie le Roux
South African

Justin HodgesJustin Hodges
Australian

Dane ColesDane Coles
New Zealander
Roger Tuivasa-SheckRoger Tuivasa-Sheck
New Zealander

Sam CaneSam Cane
New Zealander

Damian de AllendeDamian de Allende
South African

Fumiaki TanakaFumiaki Tanaka
Japanese
Sekope KepuSekope Kepu
Australian, New Zealander

Ali WilliamsAli Williams
New Zealander
Aaron CrudenAaron Cruden
New Zealander

James HorwillJames Horwill
Australian

Brad ThornBrad Thorn
New Zealander
Joe MoodyJoe Moody
New Zealander

Patrick LambiePatrick Lambie
South African
Francois HougaardFrancois Hougaard
South African

Martin TaupauMartin Taupau
New Zealander

Morné SteynMorné Steyn
South African
Drew MitchellDrew Mitchell
Australian

Scott SioScott Sio
Australian
Mils MuliainaMils Muliaina
New Zealander

Codie TaylorCodie Taylor
New Zealander

JP PietersenJP Pietersen
South African

Mat RogersMat Rogers
Australian
Charles PiutauCharles Piutau
New Zealander
Gareth AnscombeGareth Anscombe
New Zealander

Ben FranksBen Franks
Australian

Stephen LarkhamStephen Larkham
Australian

Bismarck du PlessisBismarck du Plessis
South African
Colin SladeColin Slade
New Zealander

Pieter-Steph du ToitPieter-Steph du Toit
South African

Luke WhitelockLuke Whitelock
New Zealander

Liam MessamLiam Messam
New Zealander

Cory JaneCory Jane
New Zealander
Berrick BarnesBerrick Barnes
Australian

Rocky ElsomRocky Elsom
Australian
Jannie du PlessisJannie du Plessis
South African

Wyatt CrockettWyatt Crockett
New Zealander
Pierre SpiesPierre Spies
South African
Tatafu Polota-NauTatafu Polota-Nau
Australian