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)
Beauden BarrettBeauden Barrett
(New Zealander)
Johnathan ThurstonJohnathan Thurston
(Australian)

Billy SlaterBilly Slater
(Australian)
Cameron SmithCameron Smith
(Australian)
Dan CarterDan Carter
(New Zealander)

Greg InglisGreg Inglis
(Australian)
Richie McCawRichie McCaw
(New Zealander)
Mat RogersMat Rogers
(Australian)

Israel FolauIsrael Folau
(Australian)
Jarryd HayneJarryd Hayne
(Australian)
Kieran ReadKieran Read
(New Zealander)

David PocockDavid Pocock
(Australian,Zimbabwean)
Darren LockyerDarren Lockyer
(Australian)
Jonny WilkinsonJonny Wilkinson
(British)

Sam WhitelockSam Whitelock
(New Zealander)
Paul GallenPaul Gallen
(Australian)
Sam BurgessSam Burgess
(Australian)

Robbie FarahRobbie Farah
(Australian)
Julian SaveaJulian Savea
(New Zealander)
Tendai MtawariraTendai Mtawarira
(Zimbabwean)

Michael CheikaMichael Cheika
(Australian)
Ben BarbaBen Barba
(Australian)
Brodie RetallickBrodie Retallick
(New Zealander)

Owen FranksOwen Franks
(New Zealander)
Kurtley BealeKurtley Beale
(Australian)
Quade CooperQuade Cooper
(Australian,New Zealander)

TJ PerenaraTJ Perenara
(New Zealander)
Sébastien ChabalSébastien Chabal
(French)
Daniel VidotDaniel Vidot
(Australian)

Wyatt CrockettWyatt Crockett
(New Zealander)
Bernard FoleyBernard Foley
(Australian)
Willie le RouxWillie le Roux
(South African)

Brad ThornBrad Thorn
(New Zealander)
Ben FranksBen Franks
(Australian)
Matt ToomuaMatt Toomua
(Australian)

Israel DaggIsrael Dagg
(New Zealander)
Luke WhitelockLuke Whitelock
(New Zealander)
Victor MatfieldVictor Matfield
(South African)

John EalesJohn Eales
(Australian)
Ardie SaveaArdie Savea
(New Zealander)
Aaron CrudenAaron Cruden
(New Zealander)

Sam CaneSam Cane
(New Zealander)
Roger Tuivasa-SheckRoger Tuivasa-Sheck
(New Zealander)
Justin HodgesJustin Hodges
(Australian)

Liam MessamLiam Messam
(New Zealander)
Pieter-Steph du ToitPieter-Steph du Toit
(South African)
Schalk BurgerSchalk Burger
(South African)

François SteynFrançois Steyn
(South African)
Francois HougaardFrancois Hougaard
(South African)
Codie TaylorCodie Taylor
(New Zealander)

Joe MoodyJoe Moody
(New Zealander)
Martin TaupauMartin Taupau
(New Zealander)
Piri WeepuPiri Weepu
(New Zealander)

Charles PiutauCharles Piutau
(New Zealander)
Bismarck du PlessisBismarck du Plessis
(South African)
Dane ColesDane Coles
(New Zealander)

Mils MuliainaMils Muliaina
(New Zealander)
Keven MealamuKeven Mealamu
(New Zealander)
Conrad SmithConrad Smith
(New Zealander)

Damian de AllendeDamian de Allende
(South African)
Graham HenryGraham Henry
(New Zealander)
Adam Ashley-CooperAdam Ashley-Cooper
(Australian)

George WhitelockGeorge Whitelock
(New Zealander)
Patrick LambiePatrick Lambie
(South African)
Berrick BarnesBerrick Barnes
(Australian)

Ali WilliamsAli Williams
(New Zealander)
Sekope KepuSekope Kepu
(Australian,New Zealander)
Drew MitchellDrew Mitchell
(Australian)

Ben SmithBen Smith
(New Zealander)
Luke RomanoLuke Romano
(New Zealander)
Cory JaneCory Jane
(New Zealander)

Stephen LarkhamStephen Larkham
(Australian)
Morné SteynMorné Steyn
(South African)
Colin SladeColin Slade
(New Zealander)

Jannie du PlessisJannie du Plessis
(South African)
Pierre SpiesPierre Spies
(South African)
Scott SioScott Sio
(Australian)

Lood de JagerLood de Jager
(South African)
Tatafu Polota-NauTatafu Polota-Nau
(Australian)
Trevor NyakaneTrevor Nyakane
(South African)

Gareth AnscombeGareth Anscombe
(New Zealander)
Michael LeitchMichael Leitch
(Japanese)
JP PietersenJP Pietersen
(South African)

Rocky ElsomRocky Elsom
(Australian)
Sean MaitlandSean Maitland
(New Zealander)
Richard KahuiRichard Kahui
(New Zealander)

Ben TameifunaBen Tameifuna
(New Zealander)
James HorwillJames Horwill
(Australian)
Scott FardyScott Fardy
(Australian)

Fumiaki TanakaFumiaki Tanaka
(Japanese)
Tawera Kerr-BarlowTawera Kerr-Barlow
(New Zealander)
Charlie FaumuinaCharlie Faumuina
(New Zealander)