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Who are the best rugby players of all time

Rugby is not quite as popular as other sports leagues across the globe but it is up there and certain countries love the sport and are rowdy supporters. There are so many great athletes in this sport and we will make a list of the best ever but it likely will be controversial.


Learn more about rugby leagues and where the top players come from across the globe and this is will not be in any particular order, but rather just the players who are really, really good.

Andrew Gavin Hastings, Scotland

He was named into the International Rugby Hall of Fame way back in 2003, and also the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 2013. He was the captain for Scotland on many occasions, including the 1995 World Cup. He held the record for most international points in Scotland with 667 until that was surpassed in 2008.

Paul O’Connell, Ireland

O’Connell is Ireland’s third most capped player of all-time, plus he captained team Ireland, Munster, the British and also the Irish Lions. One of his most memorable plays was when O’Connell earned the ball in a line out against Wales in the 2009 Six Nations Championship, which was a game changing moment and led to Ireland’s first Grand Slam in 61 years.

Aaron Smith, New Zealand

Smith made his All Blacks debut way back in 2012 as their halfback against Ireland. By the time the next season began, he had become the starting halfback for the national team and was selected for every New Zealand squad since 2013. This includes the 2015 Rugby World Cup, where he started in every knockout game and was possibly the best player on the pitch. Smith became the leader of the All Blacks’ haka in 2016.

David Pocock, Australia

This Australian rugby union player is an open-side flanker, plus is the vice-captain of the Brumbies. He debuted for the Wallabies against Hong Kong in 2008, and in that same year, was the captain for the Australian under 20’s league for the Junior World Championship. He was then awarded the Emirates Western Force captaincy for the development tour of England. In 2015, Pocock scored two tries in the opening game of the 2015 Rugby World Cup and beat Fiji 28-13. He even scored during the game against the New Zealand All Blacks, helping lead Australia to the win.

Jonah Lomu, New Zealand

Lomu is an amazing player who overcame many obstacles to get to be one of the best rugby players ever. For most of his career, he kept his condition secret as he had Nephrotic Syndrome, which is a kidney disorder, which could leave him bed ridden for days and be very painful. Despite those medical struggles, Lomu’s career grew very quickly. Starting with only two caps before entering the 1995 Rugby World Cup, he had a great series and scored 7 tries in 5 matches. Unfortunately, his team lost to South Africa in the finals, but he is still the highest scorer in World Cup History with his 12 tries.

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