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Rugby players are the sports persons who play rugby football. Rugby is a style of football that is played with an oval ball that is kicked, carried and passed from hand to hand. There are two types of rugby sports: rugby league and rugby union. The basic tenets of both these games are the same even though there are distinct rules for each of these forms. The game of rugby as a separate style of football evolved during the late 19th century with the formation of the Rugby Football Union (RFU). Both rugby union and rugby league are played at the amateur as well as professional levels. Rugby union is very popular in countries like Australia, Argentina, England, France, New Zealand, etc. while rugby league is more popular in places like the U.S., Russia, Lebanon, Serbia, etc. Rugby players need to train up to five times a week and follow a balanced diet to maintain themselves in great physical shape. Since rugby is a very popular sport, famous players often attain celebrity status. Check out this section to know more about the greatest rugby players of the all times.
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Alexander Volkanovski is an Australian mixed martial artist who currently competes in theUltimate Fighting Championship(UFC). Volkanovski is the current featherweight champion in UFC and is currently ranked fourth in the UFC mens pound-for-pound list. Alexander Volkanovski has had one successful title defense and oneFight of the Nighthonor in his UFC career so far.
Jonah Lomu was a New Zealand rugby player whose dominance on the field had a huge impact on the game. Considered the first global superstar of rugby, Jonah Lomu proved to be a crowd-puller. In 2007, he wasinductedintotheInternational Rugby Hall of Fame. In 2011, he was inducted into theIRB Hall of Fame.
Sonny Bill Williams is a New Zealand boxer. Interestingly, he played professional rugby union and rugby league before turning his attention towards boxing. A very successful sportsperson, Williams has won several Rugby World Cups. He also represented New Zealand as a rugby player at the 2016 Olympics.
Richie McCaw is a New Zealand retired rugby union player who captained the national team in 110 test matches. One of the most successful captains of theAll Blacksteam, McCaw helped New Zealand win twoRugby World Cupsin 2011 and 2015. In 2019, Richie McCaw was made an inductee of theWorld Rugby Hall of Fame.
Once considered the worlds best fly-half, New Zealand rugby star Dan Carter is best known for his stint with theCrusadersand theAll Blacks. He was part of theRugby World Cup-winning New Zealand squads of 2011 and 2015. He is also the all-time leading point scorer in international rugby.
Eric Liddell was a Scottish athlete who won a gold medal in 400 meters race at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. In his later years, he became a Christian missionary. Though he was of Scottish origin, he was born in China, where he spent most of his life and died eventually.
Known for his speed and game management, New Zealand rugby player Beauden Barrett is a 2-timeWorld Rugby Player of the Yearaward winner. He caught the attention of national selectors at age 19, he later has a long stint with theHurricanes. He is the highest try-scorer of any first-five in history.
Anthony Mundine is an Australian former rugby league footballer and former professional boxer. He competed from 2000 to 2021 as a boxer and held championship titles, such as theWBA super-middleweighttitle, theIBO middleweighttitle, and theWBA interim super-welterweighttitle. Before becoming a boxer, Mundine was a popular figure in theNational Rugby League(NRL).
(Former Rugby League Footballer Who Played as a Loose Forward, Prop or Second-Row Forward)
(Rugby union player centre position)
(Irish Former Professional Rugby Union Player)
One of the most respected rugby players of all time, Brian ODriscoll holds the Irish record for playing the most number of matches as a captain and also for try scores. He led his country to win aGrand Slamafter 61 years and is part of theWorld Rugby Hall of Fame.
Julian Savea is a New Zealand professional rugby player who played a major role in his national teams triumph at the 2015Rugby World Cup. With eight tries under his belt, Savea was the highest try-scorer of theWorld Cup. Julian Savea is also one ofNew Zealands highest try-scorersof all time.
New Zealand-born Australian rugby player Quade Cooper is also a talented boxer. While he has represented theQueensland Redsand theMelbourne Rebels, he now plays for the Japanese rugby teamKintetsu Liners. In late 2021, he expressed he was hurt to have to withdraw from the Europe tour of theWallabies.
Australian boxer Paul Gallen has also had a successful stint as a rugby league footballer. He has also presented several sports shows, such as100% Footyand has been a panelist onSportsFan Clubhouse. The former captain of theNRLteamCronulla-Sutherland Sharksis also a father of two.
Paddy Mayne was not just aBritish Armylieutenant colonel but also a legendary rugby player who had represented both Ireland and theBritish Lions. He was also known for his reckless behavior, including his drunken brawls. He was part of a huge debate after being denied theVictoria Cross.
Kalyn Ponga is a rugby league footballer who represents theNewcastle Knightsin theNational Rugby League(NRL). A multi-skilled sportsperson, Kalyn Ponga played several sports, including soccer, hockey, touch football, golf, and rugby union before becoming a professional rugby league footballer. He even won the under-13 national golf championship in 2010, representing New Zealand.
Former captain of the New Zealand national rugby team, Kieran Read was not just namedWorld Rugby Player of the Yearonce but was also part of theWorld Cup-winning New Zealand rugby squads of 2011 and 2015. He has been regarded as one of the worlds best forwards.
New Zealand rugby player Sam Whitelock is one of the 4 Whitelock brothers who have played high-level rugby. He was part of theWorld Cup-winning New Zealand squads in 2011 and 2015. He also owns a farm and has been an ambassador forFarmstrong, an initiative that helps farmers.
(Former Rugby union player as number 8, flanker)
(Rugby union player, Rugby union coach)
(rugby union player, radio personality,)
(Rugby union player at openside flanker)
(Former Vice captain of the Brumbies in Super Rugby)