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.

Sonny Bill WilliamsSonny Bill Williams
(New Zealander)
Jarryd HayneJarryd Hayne
(Australian)
Beauden BarrettBeauden Barrett
(New Zealander)

Jonny WilkinsonJonny Wilkinson
(British)
Dan CarterDan Carter
(New Zealander)
Richie McCawRichie McCaw
(New Zealander)

Johnathan ThurstonJohnathan Thurston
(Australian)
Michael LeitchMichael Leitch
(Japanese)
Kieran ReadKieran Read
(New Zealander)

Israel FolauIsrael Folau
(Australian)
Julian SaveaJulian Savea
(New Zealander)
Sam BurgessSam Burgess
(Australian)

Billy SlaterBilly Slater
(Australian)
Brodie RetallickBrodie Retallick
(New Zealander)
David PocockDavid Pocock
(Australian,Zimbabwean)

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Matt ToomuaMatt Toomua
(Australian)
Quade CooperQuade Cooper
(Australian,New Zealander)
Cameron SmithCameron Smith
(Australian)

Michael CheikaMichael Cheika
(Australian)
Greg InglisGreg Inglis
(Australian)
Mat RogersMat Rogers
(Australian)

Sébastien ChabalSébastien Chabal
(French)
Adam Ashley-CooperAdam Ashley-Cooper
(Australian)
Sam WhitelockSam Whitelock
(New Zealander)

Schalk BurgerSchalk Burger
(South African)
TJ PerenaraTJ Perenara
(New Zealander)
Ben BarbaBen Barba
(Australian)

Ardie SaveaArdie Savea
(New Zealander)
Gareth AnscombeGareth Anscombe
(New Zealander)
Pieter-Steph du ToitPieter-Steph du Toit
(South African)

Willie le RouxWillie le Roux
(South African)
Damian de AllendeDamian de Allende
(South African)
Tendai MtawariraTendai Mtawarira
(Zimbabwean)

Sean MaitlandSean Maitland
(New Zealander)
Kurtley BealeKurtley Beale
(Australian)
Charles PiutauCharles Piutau
(New Zealander)

Victor MatfieldVictor Matfield
(South African)
Paul GallenPaul Gallen
(Australian)
Darren LockyerDarren Lockyer
(Australian)

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Israel DaggIsrael Dagg
(New Zealander)
Francois HougaardFrancois Hougaard
(South African)
Owen FranksOwen Franks
(New Zealander)

Aaron CrudenAaron Cruden
(New Zealander)
Dane ColesDane Coles
(New Zealander)
Daniel VidotDaniel Vidot
(Australian)

Martin TaupauMartin Taupau
(New Zealander)
Graham HenryGraham Henry
(New Zealander)
Roger Tuivasa-SheckRoger Tuivasa-Sheck
(New Zealander)

John EalesJohn Eales
(Australian)
Brad ThornBrad Thorn
(New Zealander)
Lood de JagerLood de Jager
(South African)

Sam CaneSam Cane
(New Zealander)
Patrick LambiePatrick Lambie
(South African)
Bernard FoleyBernard Foley
(Australian)

François SteynFrançois Steyn
(South African)
Conrad SmithConrad Smith
(New Zealander)
Piri WeepuPiri Weepu
(New Zealander)

Codie TaylorCodie Taylor
(New Zealander)
Liam MessamLiam Messam
(New Zealander)
Wyatt CrockettWyatt Crockett
(New Zealander)

Ali WilliamsAli Williams
(New Zealander)
Josh StraussJosh Strauss
(South African)
Keven MealamuKeven Mealamu
(New Zealander)

Ben FranksBen Franks
(Australian)
Morné SteynMorné Steyn
(South African)
Robbie FarahRobbie Farah
(Australian)

Joe MoodyJoe Moody
(New Zealander)
Luke WhitelockLuke Whitelock
(New Zealander)
Stephen LarkhamStephen Larkham
(Australian)

Bismarck du PlessisBismarck du Plessis
(South African)
Colin SladeColin Slade
(New Zealander)
Mils MuliainaMils Muliaina
(New Zealander)

Ben TameifunaBen Tameifuna
(New Zealander)
JP PietersenJP Pietersen
(South African)
Pierre SpiesPierre Spies
(South African)

Sekope KepuSekope Kepu
(Australian,New Zealander)
Scott FardyScott Fardy
(Australian)
Tatafu Polota-NauTatafu Polota-Nau
(Australian)

Fumiaki TanakaFumiaki Tanaka
(Japanese)
Jannie du PlessisJannie du Plessis
(South African)
Justin HodgesJustin Hodges
(Australian)

Berrick BarnesBerrick Barnes
(Australian)
James HorwillJames Horwill
(Australian)
Rocky ElsomRocky Elsom
(Australian)

Drew MitchellDrew Mitchell
(Australian)
Trevor NyakaneTrevor Nyakane
(South African)
Cory JaneCory Jane
(New Zealander)

Richard KahuiRichard Kahui
(New Zealander)
George SmithGeorge Smith
(Australian)
Luke RomanoLuke Romano
(New Zealander)

Charlie FaumuinaCharlie Faumuina
(New Zealander)
Scott SioScott Sio
(Australian)
Rob SimmonsRob Simmons
(Australian)