Best International Rugby Players

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The Top Ten Best International Rugby Players

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.

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!

2 Jonah Lomu

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.

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

Dan carter is the best. Best New Zealand player with Jonah Lomu. Jonah doesn't play for New Zealand anymore so, go Daniel Carter!

4 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.

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.

5 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.

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

6 Richie McCaw

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.

7 Brian Habana

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

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.

He was great and I understand why they call him billy wizz

9 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?

Best centre ever

10 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.

The Contenders

11 Shane Williams

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.

12 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.

One of the two best high speed runners

13 Barry John

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.

the King

Simpley the best

14 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

Pinetree meads the best ever

a Legend

15 Michael Jones

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

16 Serge Blanco

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.

Most skillful

One of the best

17 Martin Johnson

Powerful leader brought us glory

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

tall

brilliant

18 Fourie du Preez

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

19 Sonny Bill Williams

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

20 J.P.R. Williams

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

21 Manu Tuilagi

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

Thunder thighs

22 Byron Kelleher
23 Clément Poitrenaud

Excellent.

24 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

What a champion what a legend on top all the time

25 Ma'a Nonu

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

26 Joost van der Westhuizen

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.

27 Joe Rokocoko
28 Julian Savea

A true machine. Today's Jonah Lomu. His 2015 World Cup says it all.

You're the best. Quincy

29 Tana Umaga

Line breaker, hard defense brilliant hands

Total package centre. Big, strong and fast. Very smart and defensively powerful.

30 Matt Todd

The Best Forward In Rugby History He Can Run!

31 Grant Fox
32 Danny Cipriani

Young legend raring to go!

33 Hugo Porta

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

34 Alesana Tuilagi

Pretty fast for a bowling ball

Bad

35 Ronan O'Gara

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

36 Owen Farrell

Too far down the list

He should be second behind Jonny may

Great for club and country

Should be top 20 at least

37 Vincent Clerc

Il est pas clair

38 Sergio Parisse

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!

39 Kieran Read

Will be one of the greats in years to come. Total athlete

He will become the greatest number 8 in future

What a legend

40 John Kirwan

An All Black at 19. Showed his elders how to play!

God player

41 Danie Gerber

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

Incredible center

42 Beauden Barrett

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

43 Gavin Hastings

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.

44 Israel Folau

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!

Best fullback

45 Ieuan Evans
46 Morne Steyn

The best fly half of his era

He is a very good player😊

47 Sid Going

Enough to change the practice schedule

This guy is my great uncle!

Legend.

He had the "X" factor.

48 Agustín Pichot
49 Victor Matfield

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

Beast...

50 George North

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!

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