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

1 Jonah Lomu

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.

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.

Jonah lomu is clearly the best ever

Fantastic guy why the hell isn't richie mccaw o this list

2 Richie McCaw

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.

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

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.

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

The most wicked sidestep ever

Too smart and too technically gifted not to get it
BOD IS MY GOD!

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!

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.

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

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

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

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

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

16 Schalk Burger
17 Zinzan Brooke
18 Jonny Wilkinson

By far the best rugby player of all time.

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
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