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

Michael LeitchMichael Leitch
Japanese
Beauden BarrettBeauden Barrett
New Zealander

Jonny WilkinsonJonny Wilkinson
British
Tendai MtawariraTendai Mtawarira
Zimbabwean

Dan CarterDan Carter
New Zealander

Richie McCawRichie McCaw
New Zealander

Israel FolauIsrael Folau
Australian

Kieran ReadKieran Read
New Zealander
Michael CheikaMichael Cheika
Australian

Rahul BoseRahul Bose
Indian

François SteynFrançois Steyn
South African

Damian de AllendeDamian de Allende
South African
Sam BurgessSam Burgess
Australian

TJ PerenaraTJ Perenara
New Zealander
Brodie RetallickBrodie Retallick
New Zealander

Sam WhitelockSam Whitelock
New Zealander

Lood de JagerLood de Jager
South African
Willie le RouxWillie le Roux
South African

Cameron SmithCameron Smith
Australian
Julian SaveaJulian Savea
New Zealander

Gareth EdwardsGareth Edwards
Welsh

Ardie SaveaArdie Savea
New Zealander
David PocockDavid Pocock
Australian, Zimbabwean
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Will CarlingWill Carling
British
Victor MatfieldVictor Matfield
South African

Sébastien ChabalSébastien Chabal
French

Jarryd HayneJarryd Hayne
Australian

Nick CumminsNick Cummins
Australian
Graham HenryGraham Henry
New Zealander
Billy SlaterBilly Slater
Australian

Schalk BurgerSchalk Burger
South African

Paul GallenPaul Gallen
Australian

Johnathan ThurstonJohnathan Thurston
Australian
Quade CooperQuade Cooper
Australian, New Zealander

Martin BayfieldMartin Bayfield
British

Ben BarbaBen Barba
Australian

Robbie FarahRobbie Farah
Australian

Kurtley BealeKurtley Beale
Australian
Conrad SmithConrad Smith
New Zealander

Israel DaggIsrael Dagg
New Zealander
Fumiaki TanakaFumiaki Tanaka
Japanese

Morné SteynMorné Steyn
South African

Sam CaneSam Cane
New Zealander
Patrick LambiePatrick Lambie
South African

Aaron CrudenAaron Cruden
New Zealander
John EalesJohn Eales
Australian

Dane ColesDane Coles
New Zealander

Owen FranksOwen Franks
New Zealander

Greg InglisGreg Inglis
Australian

Adam Ashley-CooperAdam Ashley-Cooper
Australian
Joe MoodyJoe Moody
New Zealander

Daniel VidotDaniel Vidot
Australian

Piri WeepuPiri Weepu
New Zealander

Charles PiutauCharles Piutau
New Zealander
Justin HodgesJustin Hodges
Australian

Bismarck du PlessisBismarck du Plessis
South African
Roger Tuivasa-SheckRoger Tuivasa-Sheck
New Zealander

Darren LockyerDarren Lockyer
Australian

Codie TaylorCodie Taylor
New Zealander
Francois HougaardFrancois Hougaard
South African

Sean MaitlandSean Maitland
New Zealander
Bernard FoleyBernard Foley
Australian

Keven MealamuKeven Mealamu
New Zealander

Stephen LarkhamStephen Larkham
Australian
Brad ThornBrad Thorn
New Zealander

Matt ToomuaMatt Toomua
Australian
James HorwillJames Horwill
Australian

Jannie du PlessisJannie du Plessis
South African

Ben TameifunaBen Tameifuna
New Zealander

JP PietersenJP Pietersen
South African
Martin TaupauMartin Taupau
New Zealander
Luke WhitelockLuke Whitelock
New Zealander

Mils MuliainaMils Muliaina
New Zealander

Ali WilliamsAli Williams
New Zealander

Colin SladeColin Slade
New Zealander
Sekope KepuSekope Kepu
Australian, New Zealander

Ben FranksBen Franks
Australian

Mat RogersMat Rogers
Australian

Gareth AnscombeGareth Anscombe
New Zealander

Liam MessamLiam Messam
New Zealander
George WhitelockGeorge Whitelock
New Zealander

Pieter-Steph du ToitPieter-Steph du Toit
South African
Drew MitchellDrew Mitchell
Australian

Cory JaneCory Jane
New Zealander
Scott FardyScott Fardy
Australian
Scott SioScott Sio
Australian