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.

No close second. Jonah and then in the far distance...everyone else

Best player ever

2 Richie McCaw

Where do we start, two-time World Cup-winning captain in 2011 and 2015, and played in 2003, and 2007. Named world rugby player of the year three times, in 2006, 2009, and 2010. A breakdown master, super athlete, inspirational leader, a remarkable ability to talk referees onto his side, and one of the most durable All Black player ever, McCaw had everything. He captained the All Blacks, in 110 out of his 148 test matches and he holds the record of the most capped test rugby player of all time.

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.

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

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
13 Serge Blanco
14 Willie John McBride
15 Schalk Burger
16 Bryan Habana

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

17 Jonny Wilkinson

By far the best rugby player of all time.

18 Zinzan Brooke
19 Rupeni Caucaunibuca
20 Sergio Parisse
21 Keith Wood
22 Aaron Smith
23 Shane Williams
24 Philippe Sella
25 Sean Fitzpatrick
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