Top 10 Rugby Players of All Time (up to 2020)

Introduction: Top 10 Rugby Players of All Time

For those seeking a game that kicks in adrenaline, you will find your passion for rugby tournaments! Rugby is a game which is extremely physically demanding. The best rugby players ever and the tournaments held gathers fans around the world to cheer for their favourite team. 

The best rugby tackles, the passes and the kicks keep the thrill of the game aplenty. The dedication, passion and talent of the top rugby players deserve credit for history made in the sport.

#1 - Israel Folau

Israel Folau is a former Australian union rugby player, who is on the top of the highest paid rugby players. He holds the record for the most tries scored in the history of Super Rugby as of 2019. Folau represented Queensland in the State of Origin games as wing or centre position.

Due to the conflicts with the administration of Rugby Australia as of Folau’s statements addressing homosexuality and same-sex marriage, Folau faced issues with his contract.

#2 - Dan Carter

Having played for the All Blacks, Daniel William Carter is the highest scorer in test match rugby. Carter is the rugby player of the year in the years 2005, 2012 and 2015. The 37-year-old Fly-half and Centre player has won nine Rugby Championship and Tri-Nations titles representing All Blacks. Carter has also won three Super Rugby titles playing for Crusaders. He is one of world’s dual Rugby World Cup winners and is in the list of top paid rugby players.

#3 - Richie McCaw

Richard Hugh McCaw is a 1980 born New Zealand rugby player. His amazing skill and passion for the game led him to captain the All Blacks in 110 test matches in his career of 148 test matches. McCaw holds the record for the most capped test rugby player. He is also the first All Blacks member to reach 100 caps.

In McCaw’s debut match against Ireland, he won the Man of the Match Award.

#4 - Jonah Lomu

At the age of 19 in 1994, Jonah Lomu started his international career as the youngest All Black player. Lomu played in the wing position and at the end of his career, he scored 37 tries and 63 caps. In 2007, he entered the International Rugby Hall of Fame and in 2012, the IRB Hall of fame.

Due to complications in Lomu’s health, he retired from the rugby scene in 2007 and passed on in the year 2015.

#5 - Jonny Wilkinson

Recognised as one of the best rugby players ever, Jonny Peter Wilkinson played fly-half representing England, Newcastle Falcons and Toulon. Wilkinson has won 91 caps for the England team. He showed his love for the game by scoring the winning goal in the last minute winning the 2003 world cup for England.

He retired after the 2013–2014 rugby season. In 2016, Johnny Wilkinson stepped to the World Rugby Hall of Fame. Currently, Wilkinson covers rugby events at ITV Sport.

#6 - Bryan Habana

A former South African wing player, born in the year 1983 is Bryan Gary Habana. He represented the South African national team and also Toulon. Habana was a member of the Rugby World Cup-winning South African team in 2007. Habana is the IRB Player of the Year in 2007. With the rugby world cup 2019 approaching, rugby stars like this are respected by fans worldwide. He is the second in all-time test try-scorers. 

#7 - Owen Farrell

Owen Andrew Farrell is an English professional union rugby player who is currently playing for Premiership Rugby. He represented England in international rugby since 2012. Since 2018, Owen Farrell is the captain of the England team and is the most famous rugby players 2019. Farrell won nominations for the World Rugby layer of the Year in 2012, 2016 and 2017. Thus, is a top active rugby player. Fly-half and inside centre are his best positions when playing for England. 

#8 - Jonathan Sexton

Having made his debut in 2009, Jonathan “Johnny” Sexton plays fly-half for Ireland and Leinster Rugby. Sexton has scored more than 700 points internationally. Hence, is one of the highest point scorers in the history of union rugby.  He also played for the British and Irish Lions in the years 2013 and 2017.

Following the nomination for the World player of the year in 2014, Sexton won the award in 2018 becoming the second Irish after Keith Wood.

#9 - Faf de Klerk

Playing scrum-half for the South African national team and representing Sale Sharks in English Premiership is François ‘Faf’ de Klerk. He had nominations for Premiership player of the year after playing his first season with Sale Sharks.  

In 2016, De Klerk was a part of the 31-man South African team to play against Ireland in a three-test match series. 2016 was also the year De Klerk joined Golden Lions to Play for the Currie Cup. 

#10 - Ma'a Nonu

Currently playing the for Blues, Ma’a Allan Nonu is a professional union rugby player from New-Zealand. He covers wing and outside centre in the games. Nonu was a critical player in the world cup winning team in the year 2011 and 2015. His first international game was against Fiji in 2011. Nonu’s first game representing New Zealand in Tri-Nations was gain South Africa. In 2011, he won his ticket to the All Blacks to play for the Rugby World Cup.