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

Israel FolauIsrael Folau
Australian

Rahul BoseRahul Bose
Indian
Jonny WilkinsonJonny Wilkinson
British

Martin BayfieldMartin Bayfield
British

Burnum BurnumBurnum Burnum
Australian

Dan CarterDan Carter
New Zealander
Beauden BarrettBeauden Barrett
New Zealander
Brian O'DriscollBrian O'Driscoll
Irish

Matt ToomuaMatt Toomua
Australian

Richie McCawRichie McCaw
New Zealander

Jarryd HayneJarryd Hayne
Australian
Paul GallenPaul Gallen
Australian

Sam BurgessSam Burgess
Australian
Ben BarbaBen Barba
Australian

Will CarlingWill Carling
British

Tendai MtawariraTendai Mtawarira
Zimbabwean
Cameron SmithCameron Smith
Australian

Johnathan ThurstonJohnathan Thurston
Australian
Pieter-Steph du ToitPieter-Steph du Toit
South African

Quade CooperQuade Cooper
Australian, New Zealander

Gareth EdwardsGareth Edwards
Welsh
Michael CheikaMichael Cheika
Australian
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Tony O'ReillyTony O'Reilly
Irish, British
Kieran ReadKieran Read
New Zealander

Sébastien ChabalSébastien Chabal
French

Nick CumminsNick Cummins
Australian

Greg InglisGreg Inglis
Australian
Julian SaveaJulian Savea
New Zealander

Ardie SaveaArdie Savea
New Zealander

Gareth AnscombeGareth Anscombe
New Zealander

David PocockDavid Pocock
Australian, Zimbabwean

Aaron CrudenAaron Cruden
New Zealander
James HorwillJames Horwill
Australian

Darren LockyerDarren Lockyer
Australian
Brodie RetallickBrodie Retallick
New Zealander

Sean MaitlandSean Maitland
New Zealander

TJ PerenaraTJ Perenara
New Zealander
Martin TaupauMartin Taupau
New Zealander

Morné SteynMorné Steyn
South African
Francois HougaardFrancois Hougaard
South African

Damian de AllendeDamian de Allende
South African

Lood de JagerLood de Jager
South African

Sam WhitelockSam Whitelock
New Zealander

François SteynFrançois Steyn
South African
Michael LeitchMichael Leitch
Japanese

Daniel VidotDaniel Vidot
Australian

Mat RogersMat Rogers
Australian

Owen FranksOwen Franks
New Zealander
Charles PiutauCharles Piutau
New Zealander
Jannie du PlessisJannie du Plessis
South African

Billy SlaterBilly Slater
Australian

Victor MatfieldVictor Matfield
South African

Brad ThornBrad Thorn
New Zealander
Cliff MorganCliff Morgan
British

Robbie FarahRobbie Farah
Australian
Willie le RouxWillie le Roux
South African

Josh StraussJosh Strauss
South African

Bernard FoleyBernard Foley
Australian
Kurtley BealeKurtley Beale
Australian

Schalk BurgerSchalk Burger
South African
Graham HenryGraham Henry
New Zealander

Ben FranksBen Franks
Australian

Bismarck du PlessisBismarck du Plessis
South African
Justin HodgesJustin Hodges
Australian

Roger Tuivasa-SheckRoger Tuivasa-Sheck
New Zealander
John EalesJohn Eales
Australian

Adam Ashley-CooperAdam Ashley-Cooper
Australian

Israel DaggIsrael Dagg
New Zealander

Sean FitzpatrickSean Fitzpatrick
New Zealander
David StoreyDavid Storey
British

Piri WeepuPiri Weepu
New Zealander

Sam CaneSam Cane
New Zealander

Serge BlancoSerge Blanco
Venezuelan

Patrick LambiePatrick Lambie
South African
Ray LindwallRay Lindwall
Australian

Dane ColesDane Coles
New Zealander
Stephen LarkhamStephen Larkham
Australian

Danie CravenDanie Craven
South African

Liam MessamLiam Messam
New Zealander
Trevor NyakaneTrevor Nyakane
South African

Scott FardyScott Fardy
Australian
Ben TameifunaBen Tameifuna
New Zealander

Conrad SmithConrad Smith
New Zealander
Fumiaki TanakaFumiaki Tanaka
Japanese

Pierre SpiesPierre Spies
South African

Mils MuliainaMils Muliaina
New Zealander
Ali WilliamsAli Williams
New Zealander

Berrick BarnesBerrick Barnes
Australian
Keven MealamuKeven Mealamu
New Zealander