Best International Rugby PlayersWhich one will you choose take your pick. Pick wisely my friends!!:)
The Top Ten
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.
At the right place at the right time all the time, he had a rugby brain and instinct above all others. As he got older and the speed started to wane he morphed into a first rate ball carrier as well
The ultimate. Mastered every facet of his position and set the standard for everyone else. As his body changed with age, he adapted and found new skill-sets and kept himself in the top flight for 15 years. Retired on his own terms.
His greatest asset was his ability to read the game, at times making it seem like he could see into the future.
He would lead from the front and shied away from no challenge - the first man into battle and the last man standing who could make that game-saving tackle inches from his own line.
We are privileged to be the ones alive to witness his greatness.
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!
Can't look at his highlights and say there ever was a better player. Carrying half of the other team into the end zone, or making the camera catch up with him as he bursts through the opposing line.
As a sandwich, Jonah once put 13 hard-boiled eggs in a french baguette loaf.
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.
Jonah had the most impact on rugby ever -- both on and off the field. BOD as #1 is a disgraceful joke -- I could name 12 centers alone better than him such as Frank Bunce, Danny Gerber and Stirling Mortlock.
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
Dan carter is the best. Best New Zealand player with Jonah Lomu. Jonah doesn't play for New Zealand anymore so, go Daniel Carter!
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.
Don t know who created this list but there are so many people missing and ones that do not deserve to be on the page but Gareth was and would have graced the pitch in any era. A true great and legend
Am a proud Englishman too and GE would have been the greatest in any era. He was that good.
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.
Not the most talented, but the most dedicated and valuable to his team. World class kicking and defending, and an example to all young players of whatever sport for how to conduct yourself on and off the pitch.
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
He won a ridiculous amount of balls in the breakdown had insane win record as a captain great with the ball in hand surely the GOAT
This man was the captain of the best team for 2 world cup wins and for good reason and instead of me explaining it go have a look at some of his matches and see just why he is the best
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.
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.
South African legend at the age of 20
The fastest wing ever with GREAT skills!
He is good and can run very fast and I'm his neighbour
Most explosive winger ever.. He could run
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.
He was great and I understand why they call him billy wizz
He was such a great player for French rugby but not a top 10. Can you believe he is on 37 years old?
Best centre ever
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.
Greatest feet in rugby, shows that size doesn't matter
but seriously wtf is cipriani anywhere near this list
Best ever player for his size
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 tries. Right. Greatest entertainer.
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.
One of the two best high speed runners
A fly-half even Carter and Wilkinson might struggle to emulate. There was a reason he was called 'The King'. He could drop the ball on a sixpence and had the ability to slice the opposition defense open with a single pass. Had he not retired at just 27 he would undoubtably be considered one of the best by most people.
The King. Talents stood out starkly even with Gareth inside him.
Simpley the best
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
Pinetree meads the best ever
A machine, simply the most inspiring player I have ever seen. Total commitment, ball handling to match any, and more stamina than many of todays pros.
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.
One of the very best!
The best blind side flanker ever. Freak athlete
Sheer wizardry. Blanco may not be the best rugby player ever (Gareth Edwards is), but he is undoubtedly the best fullback ever.
Probably the best player I have ever seen in my life. To me, is the best ever.
One of the best
Powerful leader brought us glory
Very good player he was a great leader and always kept carm under pressure and was a great leader
One of the greatest scrum-halves in the world.
The greatest scrum half still playing today
A very good scrum half
Best number 9 ever
Sonny Bill is a good human been..He is my favourite player..Allah bless him to grate life.
One of the best centres ever.Hm and maa nonu are devastating in the midfield.
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
A critical part of the legendary welsh backs squad of the '70's. Crazy that Manu Tuilagi is above such a legend.
1st on the list for total lack of self regard! Nuts
How was he missed?
Should be in top 15
Agreed, too early to be included on the list as gets injured all the time.
When fit he cannot be contained, absolute animal
Should not be on this list. Load o' bollocks
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
What a champion what a legend on top all the time
This stupid guy who created this list forgot to put nonu in the top ten
The stupid guy who created forgot the best
Nonu should be number 7
Ma'a should be in the top 10
As a player he put fear into the eyes of his opposition. As a person he inspired a nation.
He should be Number 1 or number 2, only second to that of Jonah Lomu. Arguably, Joost was better than Lomu. 30th on the other hand? That’s criminally underrated.
Can't believe he is so low on the list he and lomu are the greatest players ever
Maybe the best halfback to control the field and the pack. Intensely competitive.
A true machine. Today's Jonah Lomu. His 2015 World Cup says it all.
You're the best. Quincy
Line breaker, hard defense brilliant hands
Total package centre. Big, strong and fast. Very smart and defensively powerful.
The Best Forward In Rugby History He Can Run!
Young legend raring to go!
Incredible player! Probably the best fly half that played the sport.
Hugo Porta represented the "Pumas" for more than 20 years.
One of the best fly-halves the sport has seen and the best in Argentina by far.
Porta could win by himself a match just kicking conversions, penalties and drop goals.
He reprrsents the true Rugby's spirit and values.
Best Puma ever should rank higher
Pretty fast for a bowling ball
A great player who's unceremonious exit from Irish rugby did not reflect the quality of his service
Great servant of Irish rugby
Ronan O'Gara is a legend!
Best kicker of the past decade made a team into a legend with POC and BOD
Too far down the list
He should be second behind Jonny may
Great for club and country
Should be top 20 at least
Il est pas clair
Italy's greatest ever, by far.
A great player In a not so great team
Far too low down this list. What a career he has had
Imagine if he played for new zealand!
Will be one of the greats in years to come. Total athlete
He will become the greatest number 8 in future
What a legend
An All Black at 19. Showed his elders how to play!
The best Centre ever and should be in the top 3 best ever players to have played the game.
One of the greatest players ever and arguably the best center of all time if he had the changes to display his immense power and speed. The world only saw glimpses of it, but there is still enough footage to proof this statement. "Power on the run"
Best running centre ever
A total freak athlete. Just watch this guy go on to become one of the greatest.
Awesome player. Certainly the best at the moment.
Best player at the moment
He played fullback. Great player and leader.
Biggest strongest and most powerful winger ever to play rugby. He could take on an entire backline and score from anywhere on the pitch. This has never been repeated. He truly is the best rugby player ever.
A great Scotsman, player and kicker.
What is this? HE has received so much attention over the past few years because he is simply amazing
Should be higher on the list. Best fullback in the world today.
Put izzy in top 20now!
The best fly half of his era
He is a very good player😊
Enough to change the practice schedule
This guy is my great uncle!
He had the "X" factor.
The best lock of all time. I enjoyed watching him dominate the line outs year in, year out.
No lock ever dominated line outs like this man. Everyone else can only be second
He has a lot of experience
He has won a world cup before
He is a great lock
He has pace and power when he runs. should sooo be in top 5 of universe. biggest, strongest most powerful winger ever to play rugby. Always scores in the corners!