Best International Rugby Players Ever

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The Top Ten

1 Brian O'Driscoll

There are many great players, but there is only a rare few who are great for 10 years. O'Driscoll is the greatest because he constantly grows his skill and his impact on the game. He's a centre who tackles like a Flanker and kicks like a Fly half. Any young player should study O'Driscoll play and see how he's constantly growing. A once in an era player.

Most tries of any centre ever, second most test caps of all time, 3 time 6 Nations player if the season, voted the best player of the last (professional) decade, 4 times a Lions tourist. Simply incredible. Oh and he has the heart and bravery of a lion!

Legend. He just never gets old, you just can't find quality like O'Driscoll anymore. Hes maintained his skill level throughout his career and deserves the title of best rugby player. IRELAND!

The best player of all time without a doubt.

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2 Jonah Lomu

Imagine what this man could have done if he had better health. The most devastating player to have ever set foot on a rugby pitch, bar none. People who refuse to accept this are stuck in a fuddy duddy rugby paradigm. Some people would rather he was never there, like a dream... but he was there, wasn't he? Like a nightmare you couldn't wake up from; the unstoppable Juggernaut, littering the pitch with trampled bodies and battered egos... utter carnage.

Lomu was known for his unmatched power. Coupled with his speed, this near 150kg man wold punish every team that stood in his way. He is also known as rugby's first superstar. Go Lomu! You The Best!

He is the all time unstoppable player that every player feared, he inspired a lot of people to play rugby and up to now he is a mentor and a roll model.

If every rugby fan voted with honesty, Jonah would win without a doubt. He crushed almost every team during the world cup when he was only 20 yrs old with two caps. The South African team before the final 1995 RWC changed all their game plans to stop one player and worked. The All Black team was poisoned just to make sure they wouldn't succeed. Jonah was nowhere near his best when diagnosed with his illness. Most rugby star were still playing school boy rugby at twenty years of age. Jonah was heavier than most forwards, stronger than any rugby player on the planet but could sprint sub 11 secs in 100m, could side steps like rugby 7 backs, could swat aside or bump big forwards heavier than himself, flying backyards. He played rugby sevens and according to NZ rugby 7 coach for the 1998 commonwealth game, Jonah almost single handedly won them a gold medal. Normally it takes a decade for someone to come close to achieving one quarter of what Lomu achieved as young man.

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3 Dan Carter

Carter is the highest points scorer of all time, he can play well in anywhere in the backline, he hardly ever miss's a tackle, HE IS THE BEST EVER

Based on the players listed, DC is by far the most accomplished player. His versatility in the back line means he can play anywhere from 10-12 and most probably 15. Near perfect when tasked with kicking goals (Please refer to his record if unsure - outstanding) he is by far the most complete 1st 5 8th in the history of the game played in heaven. Another attribute DC brings to a team is his defense strength which is normally a downfall in fly halves (Grant Fox or Quade Cooper are perfect examples). Brian O'Driscol is unlucky not to take the prize as he has shown in his illustrious career how good he is, and Jonah well he speaks for himself. But when you talk about an all round gifted player who contributes to a team in nearly every aspect of the game, DC is the man. Why isn't Richie McCaw or George Gregan there I don't know? Definitely should be

Dan carter is new Zealand's best because he is the man at kicking, tackling and he scored the most points

Best ever. Even at 34 he still wins games on his own. Look what he is doing at racing metro. At 33 He was named World Rugby Player of the Year 2015. This proves my point. World record points scorer The list goes on.

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4 Jonny Wilkinson

Dan the man is so much better. Johnny was a one dimensional player. He was good in defense and protected heavily by his team mates. Johnny's strength in kicking was also a complete embarrassment to the English rugby reputation. All the opposition team had to do to win was control Johnny. He had one good game which as the World Cup and kudos to him. If you watch southern hemisphere rugby then you would know he is probably around number 10 in the world (only because he won England a world cup).

Australia 17-17 England 2003 WCR Final with 40 seconds to go but then Jonny Wilkinson uses his right boot to score for England to win the 2003 WCR, what a great man.

What more can you say dedication hard work gets you to the top achieved everything in the game possible a true professional any young player can look up too

Carter played more games that's why he got more points

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5 Gareth Edwards

In my opinion I believe he should be higher up the list somewhere in the top ten. But he was amazing had the pace, skill, and the will to score remarkable tries.

Despite my natural antipathy as a proud Englishman even I am forced to concede Gareth Edwards was without compare as a rugby player of a time.

A player that would without any doubt have ruled the game any time since it was invented.

Absolute legend, no one compares but I do admire Richie Macaw

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6 Richie McCaw

No one compares to Richie. His accomplishments are unbeatable. His drive, word ethic, leadership and what he does on and off the field is irreplaceable. 130+ test matches, the most ever. To come across another player like Richie is rare. Yeah there are some young stars coming through but none of them come close to Richie. And if they tried to it would be very hard. If you go around asking the locals who do you think the nest player is, I bet 85% of those people will say Richie Mccaw.

The inspirational All Blacks' skipper who lead the side to their first world cup win in 24 years. Is he the greatest player of all time? Probably not. He is, however, better than every other player on the list. Johnny Wilkinson? Come on guys.

His record is unmatched - so are his inspiration and leadership. And he's still playing superbly at such a high level after more than 12 years in such a punishing position. Best captain on the planet, ever. Before he's done, he'll probably smash a few more records along the way. Why is he not at #1?

Number 2 of all time behind Daniel Carter.

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7 Brian Habana

South African legend at the age of 20

The fastest wing ever with GREAT skills!

Bryan habana is a very good chipper and grabber he is a big player for the age of 24 GO STORMERS AND SOUTH AFRICA.

He is the best of the best,best fastest wing I have ever seen and he is very obiedient

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8 Jason Robinson

England international lightning speed and full of energy

This guy was an amazing player. Darting through foreign defences like they weren't there. He's a great inspiration to young players. Truly magnificent

He's quick and very effective. Devastating.

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9 David Campese

His ability to out-fox his opponents was second to none. He had the most amazing ability to attack and his leg speed was amazing. He was truly the first modern player of our age. He took on all before him and won. He has won a World Cup and was the player of the tournament. His flair in attach has rarely been matched. If he played today he would still send fear into the opponents. My God he was good!

Australia's greatest ever rugby player, no doubt!

He made the All Blacks defense look clumsy, like no other. He made 37 clear breaks in world cups, more then any other player, 5 clear breaks ahead of Jonah Lomu. No one else even close.

No good on defense, good interceptor though.

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10 Yannick Jauzion

He was such a great player for French rugby but not a top 10. Can you believe he is on 37 years old?

The Contenders

11 Christian Cullen

Nobody looked as good as Cullen with the ball. It was like he was on rails. Made Blanco look like a drunken hobo. Career destroyed by a toothless bald headed hillbilly named Mitchell. Best player ever.

Simply the best introducing the world to the purest form of scintillating running rugby

Most athletic running fullback I have ever seen. Amazing try scoring rate and freakish ability to score in impossible situations.

Cully was awesome

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12 Shane Williams

Greatest feet in rugby, shows that size doesn't matter

but seriously wtf is cipriani anywhere near this list - mattlol

He is the best ever winger the best ever at running in rugby sure Habana can run but is no were near as good at side stepping shane is my favorite and has been since I was little

Only 12 of his 60 tries were against AUS, NZ, and SA. He played an era which was dominated by the big southern hemisphere teams, and for 2 years England. He was a great player playing against school boy teams and is maybe a top 100 player. He wouldn't even get on a bad Wallabies team with his talent.

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13 Ronan O'Gara

A great player who's unceremonious exit from Irish rugby did not reflect the quality of his service

Best kicker of the past decade made a team into a legend with POC and BOD

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14 Sonny Bill Williams

Sonny Bill is a great player with beautiful offloads and runs like a machine. HE is my favourite player in the world. What an amazing player GO ALL BLACKS...

Magnificent skills. Pity he swaps codes so many times and then tries rugby 7's in the olympics which ended up being a flop

He is brilliant. He has hugely influenced union. But he started in league and that's where he is now. Plenty high on this list. Gareth Edwards belongs a lot higher.

The best rugby player

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15 Colin Meads

The springboks' can tell you all about Colin Meads he mess them up with a broken arm.

When your passion runs as deep as "Pinetree's'" you to can scare the opposition

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16 Michael Jones

Iceman one of the greatest ever to play the game the first player in history to score back to back tries in the opening games of the world cup.

The best blind side flanker ever. Freak athlete

Greatest player to ever play the game

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17 Martin Johnson

Very good player he was a great leader and always kept carm under pressure and was a great leader

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18 Serge Blanco

Probably the best player I have ever seen in my life. To me, is the best ever.

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19 Byron Kelleher
20 Paul O Connell

Who wouldn't have him on their team? A beast who could take his team by the scruff of it's neck and shove it over the finishing line. Let's face it - if you didn't pull you're weight you'd have to answer to him. You wouldn't relish that prospect.

A true legend of Irish rugby, one of the greatest ever

Can't get any better leader of a team

He is a great player

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