Top 10 Greatest Rugby Players of All Time

Presenting the top 10 greatest players who have competed on a Rugby union pitch from the early days of the sport in the 1800s to the current day. These are the forwards and backs that have made rugby famous in nations around the world.

The Top Ten Greatest Rugby Players of All Time

1 Jonah Lomu

Some of these names in this top 10 are a joke -- like BOD at #1.
Jonah Lomu was a true superstar when the game needed one.

Despite Lomu’s undoubted talents, he was really just a freak at a time when rugby was not used to it. Nowadays, defenses are so much better and he would not be anything like a effective. He did however change the game forever, and more specifically, what it meant to be a winger in the professional age. Without him there would be no Savea, North, Stockdale etc.

He is not the best ever rugby player though, stick th ball behind him or double up and he struggled - as the South Africans showed on many occasions.

Jonah lomu is clearly the best ever

Best player ever

2 Richie McCaw

Unbelievable, unstoppable... and a deep thinker - understood the game like no-one else ever

Definition of greatness is Richie McCaw. The man isn't human. Has Brian O'Driscoll lead Ireland to two World Cup wins? He couldn't even beat the All Blacks. McCaw has won everything possible to have won... with Canterbury, Crusaders and All Blacks. Enough said.

How the he'll isn't he in the top 3, he's been the best flanker for 11 years!

The greatest rugby player of all time. - markman55

3 Dan Carter
4 Brian O'Driscoll

A legend and an honour & privilege to have been able to witness his sublime talents.

The greatest centre of all time easily and probably the best player of all time - Grizleybear

The most wicked sidestep ever - Grizleybear

Too smart and too technically gifted not to get it

5 Gareth Edwards

Greatest rugby player of all time, from the greatest rugby side that there has ever been until current, the devastating and raw toughness and skill of the 1970s team would beat/thrash any rugby nation at the time. Wales, the most formidable nation not to win the World Cup.
No one will match the skill of Gareth Edwards. He could do anything with a rugby ball, genius!

So clearly the number one its untrue. I have to assume that most people voting are very young or have lost their memory.

Gareth edwards is a player ahead of his time good ball sinse and a great rugby mind to boot greatest player of all time and the star of the 74 lions best team of all time too.

Skill of this man is unsurpassed could lo mu or odriscoll throw a dummy like Gareth, blistering pace no other player has ever played better heads up rugby union football

6 David Campese
7 Michael Jones
8 David Pocock
9 Percy Montgomery
10 Martin Johnson

One of rugby best every and for me england best player every to always did the hardest jobs on the park.

Great rugby player and was england manager for ages and had quality for leicester tigers. Won world cup as england captain.

Tough as old boots

The Contenders

11 Carlos Spencer
12 Paul O'Connell

A true legend of Irish rugby, one of the greats


13 Serge Blanco

The greatest ever French player

14 Willie John McBride
15 Rupeni Caucaunibuca

Too fast for his own good - Grizleybear

16 Schalk Burger
17 Zinzan Brooke
18 Jonny Wilkinson

By far the best rugby player of all time. - felix_gibson

19 Bryan Habana

The fastest rugby player ever... and a great try scorer for the springboks... the best try scorer in the Rugby world cup

20 Aaron Smith
21 Shane Williams
22 Sergio Parisse
23 George Gregan
24 Keith Wood
25 JPR Williams
26 Andrew Gavin Hastings
27 Philippe Sella
28 Sean Fitzpatrick
29 Naas Botha
30 Michael Hooper
31 Danie Gerber

Pure gold!

The best centre ever. Period. Just compare his speed, strength, sidestep and forward thinking to any other player ever. Look at the various positions and situations from where he scored. He CREATED tries like no one else. He read the situation. And he finished like no other. Taken into account the few opportunities he had due to isolation and what he achieved nevertheless there can be NO DOUBT that he was the greatest back line player ever to have played the game.

This guy is a legend. The best centre with the most natural talent ever. Campese might have been slightly better (a winger), but if Danie had the opportunity to play in as many tests as Campo, I recon he would have held the record for most test tries scored. I loved watching him play.

Danie was the best center ever!

32 Hugo Porta

Hugo Porta, in addition to his stylish manner, changed once for ever more the way to kick the rugby ball. Not a surprise he was excellent at football (soccer) and close to have a contract with Boca Juniors

Best fly half of the amateur era. Singlehandedly won games for Argentina against the top nations in the world.

33 Kieran Read

Best ausiie fullback by far,...

34 George North

He is just amazing, don't know why he isn't top 5

35 Stuart Hogg

The greatest player to ever step foot on Murrayfield in a Scotland Jersey

36 Christian Cullen

Greatest player ever. Unmatched speed, strength, agility, game reading combo could cut through a defense like butter.

37 Matt Todd
38 Colin Meads

Just the name should be good enough

39 Andrew Johns Andrew Gary "Joey" Johns is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s and 2000s. He is considered by many to be one of the greatest players of all time.
40 Doug Howlett

Best winger of is era a wing that could run on a string an still score an you choose george north

41 Martin Corry

Best number 8 captain and retired well after many years of great rugby for leicester tigers

42 Leigh Halfpenny
43 Will Genia
44 Israel Folau
45 Owen Farrell

Fantastic all-round player with speed, strength and stamina.

46 Julian Savea
47 Andrea Masi
48 Rob Kearney
49 Aurélien Du Blanc
50 Mike James
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