Rugby is considered a full-contact sport that is played with a total of 15 players per side. The contact sport uses a mixture of strategy, strength, and speed to move the ball into the territory of the opponents successfully. Rugby might not be as popular as baseball, basketball, or football, but several elite players have stood out over the years. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the best rugby players of all time.
New Zealand – Jonah Lomu
Jonah Lomu is considered the player who managed to make rugby accessible. His performance during the 1995 World Cup made a massive impact that cannot be matched by any other player. His phenomenal display of feats and skill received the attention of people that neve3r even heard of rugby before he started playing. He managed to score seven tried during the World Cup, 4 of which against England in the semi-finals. Che was so powerful, quick, and influential that is completely changed the way people felt and saw rugby.
England – Martin Johnson
Martin Johnson managed to participate in a total of three World Cups, including 2003, 1999, and 1995. He was also captain for the Lions rugby team in two tours that included the successful journey to South Africa in 1997. He played incredibly well during the 2003 World Cup where he managed to lead England to victory in Sydney that year. He was extremely competitive, an inspirational leader, and a formidable player at any given time during his career.
Australia – David Campese
David Campese is another player who managed to play in three World Cup tournaments, including 1995, 1991, and 1987. He enjoyed playing as a full-back or wing and was considered to be a player far ahead of his time. During his career, he was more ambitious, more talented, and more fit than any other average player on the field. He managed to win the World Cup in 199, scoring a total of 6 tries where he was also voted as the player of the tournament.
New Zealand – Richie McCaw
Richie McCaw is regarded as one of the most legendary players ever to play the game of rugby. He is considered one of the most influential players as well that always managed to play for New Zealand during his career even though he received many offers from overseas. McCaw was able to participate in a total of 4 World Cups, including 2015, 2011, 2007, and 2003. He is a monumental leader and a fantastic player with loads of talent.
New Zealand – Dan Carter
Dan Carter is another New Zealander that played in 4 World Cups, including 2015, 2011, 2007, and 2003. He is regarded as the greatest fly-half in the world with the highest number of points when it comes to Test Matches. He is a great runner, a prolific goal-kicker, and a masterful controller of the game. He capped 112 games and scored 1,598 points during his career.