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

Jonny WilkinsonJonny Wilkinson
British

Rahul BoseRahul Bose
Indian
Israel FolauIsrael Folau
Australian

Martin BayfieldMartin Bayfield
British

Matt ToomuaMatt Toomua
Australian

Brian O'DriscollBrian O'Driscoll
Irish
Dan CarterDan Carter
New Zealander
Richie McCawRichie McCaw
New Zealander

Mat RogersMat Rogers
Australian

Beauden BarrettBeauden Barrett
New Zealander

Burnum BurnumBurnum Burnum
Australian
Quade CooperQuade Cooper
Australian, New Zealander

Gareth EdwardsGareth Edwards
Welsh
Johnathan ThurstonJohnathan Thurston
Australian

Cameron SmithCameron Smith
Australian

Jarryd HayneJarryd Hayne
Australian
Will CarlingWill Carling
British

Sam BurgessSam Burgess
Australian
Nick CumminsNick Cummins
Australian

Daniel VidotDaniel Vidot
Australian

Pieter-Steph du ToitPieter-Steph du Toit
South African
Darren LockyerDarren Lockyer
Australian
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Greg InglisGreg Inglis
Australian
Tendai MtawariraTendai Mtawarira
Zimbabwean

Michael CheikaMichael Cheika
Australian

Sébastien ChabalSébastien Chabal
French

Kieran ReadKieran Read
New Zealander
Tony O'ReillyTony O'Reilly
Irish, British

Billy SlaterBilly Slater
Australian

Brad ThornBrad Thorn
New Zealander

Sean MaitlandSean Maitland
New Zealander

Julian SaveaJulian Savea
New Zealander
Paul GallenPaul Gallen
Australian

Ardie SaveaArdie Savea
New Zealander
David PocockDavid Pocock
Australian, Zimbabwean

François SteynFrançois Steyn
South African

Ben BarbaBen Barba
Australian
TJ PerenaraTJ Perenara
New Zealander

John EalesJohn Eales
Australian
Aaron CrudenAaron Cruden
New Zealander

Victor MatfieldVictor Matfield
South African

Morné SteynMorné Steyn
South African

Sam WhitelockSam Whitelock
New Zealander

Roger Tuivasa-SheckRoger Tuivasa-Sheck
New Zealander
Brodie RetallickBrodie Retallick
New Zealander

Kurtley BealeKurtley Beale
Australian

Francois HougaardFrancois Hougaard
South African

Charles PiutauCharles Piutau
New Zealander
Schalk BurgerSchalk Burger
South African
Robbie FarahRobbie Farah
Australian

Damian de AllendeDamian de Allende
South African

Lood de JagerLood de Jager
South African

Jannie du PlessisJannie du Plessis
South African
Sean FitzpatrickSean Fitzpatrick
New Zealander

Berrick BarnesBerrick Barnes
Australian
Sam CaneSam Cane
New Zealander

Michael LeitchMichael Leitch
Japanese

Israel DaggIsrael Dagg
New Zealander
Adam Ashley-CooperAdam Ashley-Cooper
Australian

Bismarck du PlessisBismarck du Plessis
South African
Pierre SpiesPierre Spies
South African

Owen FranksOwen Franks
New Zealander

Justin HodgesJustin Hodges
Australian
Bernard FoleyBernard Foley
Australian

Willie le RouxWillie le Roux
South African
Piri WeepuPiri Weepu
New Zealander

Graham HenryGraham Henry
New Zealander

Serge BlancoSerge Blanco
Venezuelan

Gareth AnscombeGareth Anscombe
New Zealander
Conrad SmithConrad Smith
New Zealander

Patrick LambiePatrick Lambie
South African

Josh StraussJosh Strauss
South African

Stephen LarkhamStephen Larkham
Australian

Mils MuliainaMils Muliaina
New Zealander
Danie CravenDanie Craven
South African

Dane ColesDane Coles
New Zealander
Ben FranksBen Franks
Australian

Ali WilliamsAli Williams
New Zealander

David StoreyDavid Storey
British
Keven MealamuKeven Mealamu
New Zealander

Drew MitchellDrew Mitchell
Australian
Liam MessamLiam Messam
New Zealander

Cliff MorganCliff Morgan
British
Cory JaneCory Jane
New Zealander

Trevor NyakaneTrevor Nyakane
South African

Ray LindwallRay Lindwall
Australian
Ben TameifunaBen Tameifuna
New Zealander

Rocky ElsomRocky Elsom
Australian
Fumiaki TanakaFumiaki Tanaka
Japanese