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.

Jonny WilkinsonJonny Wilkinson
(British)
Ben BarbaBen Barba
(Australian)

Dan CarterDan Carter
(New Zealander)
Richie McCawRichie McCaw
(New Zealander)
Beauden BarrettBeauden Barrett
(New Zealander)

Jarryd HayneJarryd Hayne
(Australian)
Sam BurgessSam Burgess
(Australian)
Sébastien ChabalSébastien Chabal
(French)

Johnathan ThurstonJohnathan Thurston
(Australian)
Paul GallenPaul Gallen
(Australian)
Matt ToomuaMatt Toomua
(Australian)

Gareth AnscombeGareth Anscombe
(New Zealander)
Julian SaveaJulian Savea
(New Zealander)
Patrick LambiePatrick Lambie
(South African)

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Greg InglisGreg Inglis
(Australian)
Israel FolauIsrael Folau
(Australian)
Cameron SmithCameron Smith
(Australian)

Quade CooperQuade Cooper
(Australian,New Zealander)
Kieran ReadKieran Read
(New Zealander)
David PocockDavid Pocock
(Australian,Zimbabwean)

Schalk BurgerSchalk Burger
(South African)
Billy SlaterBilly Slater
(Australian)
Brodie RetallickBrodie Retallick
(New Zealander)

Sean MaitlandSean Maitland
(New Zealander)
Owen FranksOwen Franks
(New Zealander)
Francois HougaardFrancois Hougaard
(South African)

Darren LockyerDarren Lockyer
(Australian)
Daniel VidotDaniel Vidot
(Australian)
Josh StraussJosh Strauss
(South African)

Brad ThornBrad Thorn
(New Zealander)
TJ PerenaraTJ Perenara
(New Zealander)
Sam WhitelockSam Whitelock
(New Zealander)

Ardie SaveaArdie Savea
(New Zealander)
John EalesJohn Eales
(Australian)
Israel DaggIsrael Dagg
(New Zealander)

Adam Ashley-CooperAdam Ashley-Cooper
(Australian)
Victor MatfieldVictor Matfield
(South African)
Justin HodgesJustin Hodges
(Australian)

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Mat RogersMat Rogers
(Australian)
Michael CheikaMichael Cheika
(Australian)
Willie le RouxWillie le Roux
(South African)

Pieter-Steph du ToitPieter-Steph du Toit
(South African)
Tendai MtawariraTendai Mtawarira
(Zimbabwean)
Graham HenryGraham Henry
(New Zealander)

Aaron CrudenAaron Cruden
(New Zealander)
Lood de JagerLood de Jager
(South African)
Kurtley BealeKurtley Beale
(Australian)

Charles PiutauCharles Piutau
(New Zealander)
François SteynFrançois Steyn
(South African)
Ben FranksBen Franks
(Australian)

Piri WeepuPiri Weepu
(New Zealander)
Robbie FarahRobbie Farah
(Australian)
Liam MessamLiam Messam
(New Zealander)

Roger Tuivasa-SheckRoger Tuivasa-Sheck
(New Zealander)
Bismarck du PlessisBismarck du Plessis
(South African)
Ali WilliamsAli Williams
(New Zealander)

Conrad SmithConrad Smith
(New Zealander)
Wyatt CrockettWyatt Crockett
(New Zealander)
Dane ColesDane Coles
(New Zealander)

Stephen LarkhamStephen Larkham
(Australian)
Bernard FoleyBernard Foley
(Australian)
Ben TameifunaBen Tameifuna
(New Zealander)

Michael LeitchMichael Leitch
(Japanese)
Morné SteynMorné Steyn
(South African)
Damian de AllendeDamian de Allende
(South African)

Keven MealamuKeven Mealamu
(New Zealander)
Mils MuliainaMils Muliaina
(New Zealander)
Colin SladeColin Slade
(New Zealander)

Drew MitchellDrew Mitchell
(Australian)
Jannie du PlessisJannie du Plessis
(South African)
Sam CaneSam Cane
(New Zealander)

Scott FardyScott Fardy
(Australian)
JP PietersenJP Pietersen
(South African)
Pierre SpiesPierre Spies
(South African)

Rocky ElsomRocky Elsom
(Australian)
Ben SmithBen Smith
(New Zealander)
Codie TaylorCodie Taylor
(New Zealander)

Berrick BarnesBerrick Barnes
(Australian)
Martin TaupauMartin Taupau
(New Zealander)
Tatafu Polota-NauTatafu Polota-Nau
(Australian)

James HorwillJames Horwill
(Australian)
Joe MoodyJoe Moody
(New Zealander)
Charlie FaumuinaCharlie Faumuina
(New Zealander)

Cory JaneCory Jane
(New Zealander)
Luke WhitelockLuke Whitelock
(New Zealander)
Fumiaki TanakaFumiaki Tanaka
(Japanese)

Richard KahuiRichard Kahui
(New Zealander)
Sekope KepuSekope Kepu
(Australian,New Zealander)
Trevor NyakaneTrevor Nyakane
(South African)

Tawera Kerr-BarlowTawera Kerr-Barlow
(New Zealander)
Rob SimmonsRob Simmons
(Australian)
Luke RomanoLuke Romano
(New Zealander)