10 Best Rugby Players Of All Time

10 Best Rugby Players Of All Time

10. Zinzan Brooke (New Zealand)

He held the world record for a forward at the time of his retirement for scoring 17 tries in Test matches and was ranked eighth greatest player of all time on the list of “50 Greatest Rugby players” compiled by The Telegraph in 2007.

9. Gareth Edwards (Wales)

9. Gareth Edwards (Wales)

Gareth was also named the greatest ever on the list of “50 Greatest Rugby players,” compiled by former England captain Will Carling in The Telegraph in 2007.

8. Jonny Wilkinson

8. Jonny Wilkinson

Wilkinson holds the Rugby World Cup points record with 277 and is the only player to score points in two Rugby World Cup Finals.

7. Martin Johnson (England)

Since his retirement, he has served as manager of the national team between 2008 and 2011, leading England to Six Nations success in his final year before resigning after the 2011 World Cup.

6. Jonah Lomu (New Zealand)

6. Jonah Lomu (New Zealand)

He earned 63 caps and scored 185 points for New Zealand All Black from 1994 to 2002. He played for three domestic teams in the Super Rugby which included Auckland Blues, Chiefs, and Hurricanes.

5. David Campese (Australia)

5. David Campese (Australia)

He was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1997 and into the IRB Hall of Fame in 2013. He was also inducted into the Australian Rugby Union Hall of Fame in 2007.

4. Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)

most successful rugby clubs in Europe.  He played 141 test matches for Ireland, which includes 83 matches as the captain, and played 8 for the British and Irish Lions, which, in total, made him the most-capped player in Irish rugby union to this day.

3. Michael Jones (New Zealand)

3. Michael Jones (New Zealand)

He was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 2003. Besides his sports career, he was also honoured with New Zealand Medal for service to the Pacific Island community in 1990.

2. Dan Carter (New Zealand)

2. Dan Carter (New Zealand)

He earned 100 caps for New Zealand’s national team the All Blacks and scored 1,442 points. He played for Crusaders in Super Rugby where he earned 128 caps and 1,581 points.

1. Richie McCaw

two-time World Cup-winning captain in 2011 and 2015, and played in 2003, and 2007.  Named world rugby player of the year three times, in 2006, 2009, and 2010.  A breakdown master, super athlete, inspirational leader, a remarkable ability to talk referees onto his side, and one of the most durable All Black player ever, McCaw had everything.

Named player of the year in 2016, 2017, and nominated in2018 and one of the best players in the world today, Beauden Barrett is a possible future entry, as are some others out there like Cheslin Kolbe, Brode Retallick, Antoine Dupont