Rugby is a very popular sport worldwide. So, in the following, we will try to answer the big question among rugby enthusiasts: ’’Who are the best rugby players of all time?’’.
Without further ado, here is our countdown of the best players to have ever graced this amazing sport.
Richie McCaw has been 2-time World Cup-winning captain, in 2011 and 2015. Plus, he has been named the world rugby player of the year three times. He has been an inspirational leader, a great master, and a super athlete.
He had everything to become one of the best rugby players of all time. It was a real pleasure to see him playing. Richie McCaw had plenty of fans in every corner of the world.
Dan Carter, from New Zealand, is the highest points scorer in Test match rugby. Plus, he is widely regarded as the best ever first-five eight. Dan Carter has earned 128 caps and 1,581 points.
When he played for Canterbury provincial team, he scored 289 for them. Carter also won 6 Tri-Nations and Rugby Championships playing for the New Zealand national team. In 2011, Carter led the national team to victory.
Jones was the coach of the Samoa rugby team, after his retirement from professional rugby. He was one of the most offensive rugby players. His first coach, John Hart, used to say that Jones was almost the perfect rugby player.
He played for the New Zealand national team and earned 55 caps and 56 points. The Rugby World magazine voted him as the third-best All Black of the 20th century.
This player is widely regarded as the greatest outside center in rugby history. From 2003 to 2012, he captained Ireland’s national team. Plus, during the New Zealand tour in 2005, he captained the British and Irish Lion.
Brian played 141 test matches for Ireland. This made him the most-capped rugby player in Irish Union to this day.
David Campese is being considered as the best winger and fullback of rugby history. He is also very popular for his hitch-kick motion. This motion, called the ’’goose-step’’ is superior because it avoids tackling the opponents.
Campese achieved 101 caps when he played for the Australian national team. He also played for New South Wales and earned 56 caps and 114 points.
Jonah Lomu is another great rugby player from New Zealand. He is being regarded as the first global superstar of rugby union. During his career, Lomu earned 63 caps and scored 185 points for his team.
He played for 3 domestic teams in the Super Rugby. These teams were Hurricanes, Auckland Blues, and Chiefs. This rugby player holds the record of the Rugby World Cup all-time top try scorer.
In 2007, he was even included in the International Rugby Hall of Fame. Plus, in 2011, he was included in the IRB Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, his career ended because of kidney disease.
Jonah Lomu died on the 18th of November 2015 from a heart attack that was linked to his kidney disease.