Rugby Players

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.

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 1 Jonah Lomu

Jonah Lomu.
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Famous As: Rugby Player
Birthdate: May 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Greenlane, Auckland, New Zealand
Died: November 18, 2015

Jonah Lomu was a New Zealand rugby player whose dominance on the field had a huge impact on the game. Considered the first global superstar of rugby, Jonah Lomu proved to be a crowd-puller. In 2007, he was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame. In 2011, he was inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame.

 2 Sonny Bill Williams

Sonny Bill Williams.
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Famous As: Boxer, Rugby Player
Birthdate: August 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Auckland

Sonny Bill Williams is a New Zealand boxer. Interestingly, he played professional rugby union and rugby league before turning his attention towards boxing. A very successful sportsperson, Williams has won several Rugby World Cups. He also represented New Zealand as a rugby player at the 2016 Olympics.

 3 Alexander Volkanovski

Alexander Volkanovski.
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: September 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Shellharbour City Council, Australia

Alexander Volkanovski is an Australian mixed martial artist who currently competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Volkanovski is the current featherweight champion in UFC and is currently ranked fourth in the UFC men's pound-for-pound list. Alexander Volkanovski has had one successful title defense and one Fight of the Night honor in his UFC career so far.

 4 Richie McCaw

Richie McCaw.
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Famous As: Rugby player
Birthdate: December 31, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oamaru, New Zealand

 5 James Haskell

James Haskell.
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Famous As: Rugby Player
Birthdate: April 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Windsor, England

 6 Jarryd Hayne

Jarryd Hayne
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Famous As: Rugby league player
Birthdate: February 15, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
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 7 Eric Liddell

Eric Liddell.
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Birthdate: January 16, 1902
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tianjin
Died: February 21, 1945

Eric Liddell was a Scottish athlete who won a gold medal in 400 meters race at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. In his later years, he became a Christian missionary. Though he was of Scottish origin, he was born in China, where he spent most of his life and died eventually.

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 8 Jonny Wilkinson

Jonny Wilkinson
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: May 25, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Frimley
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 9 Israel Folau

Israel Folau
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Famous As: Australian rules footballer, Rugby league player, Rugby union player
Birthdate: April 3, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sydney

 10 Johnathan Thurston

Johnathan Thurston
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Famous As: Rugby league player
Birthdate: April 25, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brisbane
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 11 Beauden Barrett

Beauden Barrett
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: May 27, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New Plymouth

 12 Anthony Mundine

Anthony Mundine.
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Famous As: Professional Boxer
Birthdate: May 21, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newtown

Anthony Mundine is an Australian former rugby league footballer and former professional boxer. He competed from 2000 to 2021 as a boxer and held championship titles, such as the WBA super-middleweight title, the IBO middleweight title, and the WBA interim super-welterweight title. Before becoming a boxer, Mundine was a popular figure in the National Rugby League (NRL). 

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 13 Martin Bayfield

Martin Bayfield
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bedford, Bedfordshire, England, UK

 14 Brian O'Driscoll

Brian O'Driscoll
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: January 21, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland Ireland
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 15 Nick Cummins

Nick Cummins
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: October 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Port Macquarie, New South Wales

 16 Julian Savea

Julian Savea
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: August 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wellington
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 17 Sam Burgess

Sam Burgess
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Famous As: Rugby league player, Rugby union player
Birthdate: December 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dewsbury

 18 Kieran Read

Kieran Read
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: October 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Auckland
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 19 Kalyn Ponga

Kalyn Ponga.
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Famous As: Rugby Player
Birthdate: March 30, 1998
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Port Hedland, Western Australia

Kalyn Ponga is a rugby league footballer who represents the Newcastle Knights in the National Rugby League (NRL). A multi-skilled sportsperson, Kalyn Ponga played several sports, including soccer, hockey, touch football, golf, and rugby union before becoming a professional rugby league footballer. He even won the under-13 national golf championship in 2010, representing New Zealand.

 20 Billy Slater

Billy Slater
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Famous As: Rugby league player
Birthdate: June 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nambour
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 21 Bad Luck Fale

Bad Luck Fale
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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: January 8, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nuku'alofa

 22 Dan Carter

Dan Carter
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Famous As: Rugby player
Birthdate: March 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Leeston, New Zealand
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 23 Greg Inglis

Greg Inglis
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Famous As: Rugby league player
Birthdate: January 15, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kempsey

 24 Michael Leitch

Michael Leitch
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: October 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Christchurch

 25 Gareth Thomas (Rugby Player)

Gareth Thomas (Rugby Player)
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Famous As: Rugby player
Birthdate: July 25, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sarn, Bridgend, United Kingdom

 26 Quade Cooper

Quade Cooper
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Famous As: Rugby union player, Boxer
Birthdate: April 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tokoroa
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 27 Cameron Smith

Cameron Smith
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Famous As: Rugby league player
Birthdate: June 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brisbane

 28 Will Carling

Will Carling
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Famous As: Rugby player
Birthdate: December 12, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bradford-on-Avon, United Kingdom
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 29 Valentine Holmes

Valentine Holmes
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Famous As: Rugby league player
Birthdate: July 24, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Townsville, Queensland, Australia

 30 Burnum Burnum

Burnum Burnum
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: January 10, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wallaga Lake National Park Wallaga Lake, New South Wales
Died: August 18, 1997

Australian Aboriginal activist Burnum Burnum was separated from his family as an infant and grew up in a mission home. The Churchill Scholarship winner was a law graduate and also excelled in rugby. He is best remembered for erecting the aboriginal flag in Dover during the Australian bicentenary celebrations.

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 31 Sam Whitelock

Sam Whitelock
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: October 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Palmerston North

 32 Michael Hooper

Michael Hooper
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Famous As: rugby union player
Birthdate: October 29, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney
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 33 Michael Cheika

Michael Cheika
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Famous As: Rugby union player, Rugby union coach
Birthdate: March 4, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sydney

 34 Sébastien Chabal

Sébastien Chabal
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Famous As: rugby union player, radio personality,
Birthdate: December 8, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Valence
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 35 Tendai Mtawarira

Tendai Mtawarira
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: August 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Harare

 36 Matt Toomua

Matt Toomua
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: January 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne
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 37 Wally Lewis

Wally Lewis.
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Famous As: Rugby Player
Birthdate: December 1, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hawthorne

The King of the Australian rugby league, Wally Lewis was no stranger to sports, being the son of a rugby player father and a netball player mother. The successful player, coach, and commentator, who had captained the national team, split with his wife of 36 years after cheating on her.

 38 Ben Cohen

Ben Cohen
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Famous As: Rugby Player
Birthdate: September 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Northampton, England

 39 David Pocock

David Pocock
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: April 23, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gweru

 40 Darren Lockyer

Darren Lockyer
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Famous As: Rugby league player
Birthdate: March 24, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brisbane

 41 Rahul Bose

Rahul Bose
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 27, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: India

 42 Gareth Edwards

Gareth Edwards
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: July 12, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen, Wales

 43 Ben Smith

Ben Smith
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Famous As: rugby union player
Birthdate: June 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dunedin

 44 Ben Barba

Ben Barba
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Famous As: Rugby league player
Birthdate: June 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Darwin

 45 Brodie Retallick

Brodie Retallick
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: May 31, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Waimakariri District

 46 Paul Gallen

Paul Gallen
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Famous As: Boxer, Rugby league player
Birthdate: August 14, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney

 47 Christian Wade

Christian Wade
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: May 15, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Slough, England

 48 Simon Zebo

Simon Zebo
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: March 16, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cork, Ireland

 49 TJ Perenara

TJ Perenara
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: January 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Porirua

 50 Victor Matfield

Victor Matfield
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: May 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Polokwane

Victor Matfield is a South African former rugby union player who captained the national team as well as the Blue Bulls. Widely regarded as one of the greatest locks in the history of South African rugby, Matfield was extremely successful at disrupting opposition line-outs, a skill that helped his team win the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

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