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.

Johnathan ThurstonJohnathan Thurston
(Australian)
Sonny Bill WilliamsSonny Bill Williams
(New Zealander)
Billy SlaterBilly Slater
(Australian)

Mat RogersMat Rogers
(Australian)
Beauden BarrettBeauden Barrett
(New Zealander)
Cameron SmithCameron Smith
(Australian)

Dan CarterDan Carter
(New Zealander)
Richie McCawRichie McCaw
(New Zealander)
Sam BurgessSam Burgess
(Australian)

Jarryd HayneJarryd Hayne
(Australian)
Israel FolauIsrael Folau
(Australian)
Greg InglisGreg Inglis
(Australian)

Jonny WilkinsonJonny Wilkinson
(British)
Kieran ReadKieran Read
(New Zealander)
Quade CooperQuade Cooper
(Australian,New Zealander)

Paul GallenPaul Gallen
(Australian)
Ben BarbaBen Barba
(Australian)
David PocockDavid Pocock
(Australian,Zimbabwean)

Darren LockyerDarren Lockyer
(Australian)
Michael CheikaMichael Cheika
(Australian)
Julian SaveaJulian Savea
(New Zealander)

Brodie RetallickBrodie Retallick
(New Zealander)
Roger Tuivasa-SheckRoger Tuivasa-Sheck
(New Zealander)
Sam WhitelockSam Whitelock
(New Zealander)

Matt ToomuaMatt Toomua
(Australian)
Owen FranksOwen Franks
(New Zealander)
TJ PerenaraTJ Perenara
(New Zealander)

Kurtley BealeKurtley Beale
(Australian)
Ben FranksBen Franks
(Australian)
Willie le RouxWillie le Roux
(South African)

Tendai MtawariraTendai Mtawarira
(Zimbabwean)
Sébastien ChabalSébastien Chabal
(French)
Pieter-Steph du ToitPieter-Steph du Toit
(South African)

Israel DaggIsrael Dagg
(New Zealander)
Ardie SaveaArdie Savea
(New Zealander)
Robbie FarahRobbie Farah
(Australian)

John EalesJohn Eales
(Australian)
Brad ThornBrad Thorn
(New Zealander)
Schalk BurgerSchalk Burger
(South African)

Francois HougaardFrancois Hougaard
(South African)
Aaron CrudenAaron Cruden
(New Zealander)
Sam CaneSam Cane
(New Zealander)

Adam Ashley-CooperAdam Ashley-Cooper
(Australian)
Bernard FoleyBernard Foley
(Australian)
Martin TaupauMartin Taupau
(New Zealander)

Charles PiutauCharles Piutau
(New Zealander)
Victor MatfieldVictor Matfield
(South African)
Dane ColesDane Coles
(New Zealander)

Daniel VidotDaniel Vidot
(Australian)
Damian de AllendeDamian de Allende
(South African)
Patrick LambiePatrick Lambie
(South African)

Liam MessamLiam Messam
(New Zealander)
Justin HodgesJustin Hodges
(Australian)
François SteynFrançois Steyn
(South African)

Conrad SmithConrad Smith
(New Zealander)
Wyatt CrockettWyatt Crockett
(New Zealander)
Piri WeepuPiri Weepu
(New Zealander)

Ali WilliamsAli Williams
(New Zealander)
Codie TaylorCodie Taylor
(New Zealander)
Graham HenryGraham Henry
(New Zealander)

Luke WhitelockLuke Whitelock
(New Zealander)
Joe MoodyJoe Moody
(New Zealander)
Morné SteynMorné Steyn
(South African)

Keven MealamuKeven Mealamu
(New Zealander)
Ben SmithBen Smith
(New Zealander)
Mils MuliainaMils Muliaina
(New Zealander)

Berrick BarnesBerrick Barnes
(Australian)
Colin SladeColin Slade
(New Zealander)
Stephen LarkhamStephen Larkham
(Australian)

Tatafu Polota-NauTatafu Polota-Nau
(Australian)
Sean MaitlandSean Maitland
(New Zealander)
Bismarck du PlessisBismarck du Plessis
(South African)

Sekope KepuSekope Kepu
(Australian,New Zealander)
Drew MitchellDrew Mitchell
(Australian)
Lood de JagerLood de Jager
(South African)

Pierre SpiesPierre Spies
(South African)
JP PietersenJP Pietersen
(South African)
Cory JaneCory Jane
(New Zealander)

Luke RomanoLuke Romano
(New Zealander)
Jannie du PlessisJannie du Plessis
(South African)
Richard KahuiRichard Kahui
(New Zealander)

James HorwillJames Horwill
(Australian)
Scott FardyScott Fardy
(Australian)
Rocky ElsomRocky Elsom
(Australian)

Scott SioScott Sio
(Australian)
George WhitelockGeorge Whitelock
(New Zealander)
Charlie FaumuinaCharlie Faumuina
(New Zealander)

Trevor NyakaneTrevor Nyakane
(South African)
Gareth AnscombeGareth Anscombe
(New Zealander)
Michael LeitchMichael Leitch
(Japanese)

George SmithGeorge Smith
(Australian)
Tawera Kerr-BarlowTawera Kerr-Barlow
(New Zealander)
Ben TameifunaBen Tameifuna
(New Zealander)