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Famous Rugby Players from England

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List of notable or famous rugby players from England, with bios and photos, including the top rugby players born in England and even some popular rugby players who immigrated to England. If you're trying to find out the names of famous English rugby players then this list is the perfect resource for you. These rugby players are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known rugby player from England is included when available.

People on this list include Nic Stirzaker and Rodney Williams.

This historic rugby players from England list can help answer the questions "Who are some English rugby players of note?" and "Who are the most famous rugby players from England?" These prominent rugby players of England may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected English rugby players.

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    Austin Sean Healey is a former English rugby union player, who played as a utility back for Leicester Tigers, and has represented the England national rugby union team and the British and Irish Lions. He has 51 England caps and 2 Lions caps. He has played for England at scrum half, fly-half, fullback ...more

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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: Wallasey, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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    Cameron Shepherd is an Australian rugby union footballer. He currently plays for the Western Force in the international Super Rugby competition. His usual position is at fullback or wing.more

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    • Age: age 31
    • Birthplace: Windsor, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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    Francis Edward Cotton is a former rugby union prop forward who played for England and the British Lions. His clubs included Coventry R.F.C. and Sale. After retiring, he remained in rugby administration and founded a clothing company. In July 2007, Cotton returned to his former club Sale as a member of ...more

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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Wigan, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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    Gareth Ellis is an English professional rugby league footballer for Hull FC in the English Super League. He has represented at international level for Great Britain and England and primarily plays in the back row. Ellis previously played in the European Super League competition for Leeds Rhinos and ...more

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    • Age: age 34
    • Birthplace: Castleford, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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    Gareth Widdop

    Gareth Widdop is an English professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for Australian club St. George Illawarra Dragons of the National Rugby League. An England national representative utility back, he previously played for the Melbourne Storm, with whom he won the 2012 NRL Premiership.more

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    • Age: age 26
    • Birthplace: Halifax, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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    George Burgess is an English professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the South Sydney Rabbitohs of the National Rugby League. An England national representative forward, he has played his entire career to date for the Rabbitohs, alongside his older brother Sam Burgess with whom he ...more

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    • Age: age 23
    • Birthplace: Dewsbury, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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    Jack Reed is an English-Australian professional rugby league footballer for the Brisbane Broncos of the NRL. An England international representative centre three-quarter back, He has played his entire NRL career to date with the Broncos, having previously played in the Queensland Cup.more

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    • Age: age 27
    • Birthplace: Silsden, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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    James Davey

    James Davey is an English rugby league footballer, playing at club level for Sheffield Eagles as a Hooker. He made his first team d├ębut for Wakefield in 2009's Super League XIV, coming off the bench in the round-4 31-18 loss away to Hull Kingston Rovers.more

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    • Age: age 26
    • Birthplace: England
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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    James Graham is an English professional rugby league footballer and club captain for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs of the National Rugby League. An England international representative prop forward, he previously played in Super League for English club, St. Helens, having won a number of ...more

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    • Age: age 30
    • Birthplace: Maghull, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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    James Haskell is an English rugby union player who currently plays for and captains London Wasps in the Aviva Premiership and internationally for England.more

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    • Age: age 30
    • Birthplace: Windsor, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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    Jimmy Taylor

    Jimmy Taylor is a rugby league player for the Leigh Centurions in the Co-Operative Championship. He plays in the second-row or at loose-forward. Taylor played as a junior at Leigh East and tourned New Zealand with the BARLA Young Lions side before joining hometown club Leigh Centurions, making his debut ...more

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    • Age: age 31
    • Birthplace: Haydock, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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    John Bentley

    John Bentley is an English former dual-code international Rugby League and Rugby Union wing three quarter.more

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    • Age: 49
    • Birthplace: Dewsbury, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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    Lawrence Dallaglio
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    Lorenzo Bruno Nero "Lawrence" Dallaglio, OBE is a retired English rugby union player and former captain of the English national team. He played as a flanker or number eight for London Wasps and never played for another club, having arrived at Sudbury as a teenager. He was capped in all three positions ...more

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    • Age: age 43
    • Birthplace: Shepherd's Bush, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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    Luke Burgess
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    Luke Burgess is an English professional rugby league footballer for the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles in the National Rugby League. He previously played for South Sydney Rabbitohs). A forward like his brothers Sam, George and Tom, he previously played in Super League for English sides, Harlequins and Leeds ...more

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    • Age: age 28
    • Birthplace: Wakefield, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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    Matthew James Sutherland "Matt" Dawson, MBE is a retired English rugby union player who played scrum half for Wasps and Northampton Saints. During his international career he toured with the British and Irish Lions three times and was part of England's 2003 Rugby World Cup winning side. He won 77 caps ...more

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    • Age: age 43
    • Birthplace: Birkenhead, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Rugby Player, Actor
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    Michael Lipman

    Michael Lipman is an English rugby union footballer, who plays at Flanker, and is contracted to the Melbourne Rebels. Lipman has also played at International level for England.more

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    • Age: age 35
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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    Michael John "Mike" Catt OBE is a South African-born former English rugby union footballer who played for London Irish and Bath. He earned 75 international caps for England and played in two World Cup Finals, in 2003 and 2007. With his appearance in the October 2007 final, at age 36 years 1 month, he ...more

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    • Age: age 44
    • Birthplace: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
    • Profession: Rugby Player, Coach
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    Neil Back
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    Neil Antony Back MBE is a former international rugby union footballer for England and the British and Irish Lions who also played for Nottingham RFC, Leicester Tigers, and captained both England and Leicester during his career. Post World Cup victory with England in 2003 he took on the role of ...more

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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Coventry, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Rugby Player, Coach
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    Nic Stirzaker is an Australian rugby union footballer. His regular playing position is scrum-half. He represents the Rebels in Super Rugby and Melbourne Rising in the National Rugby Championship.more

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    • Age: age 24
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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    Nick Beal

    Nicholas David "Nick" Beal is a rugby union player who played at Fullback for Northampton Saints, England and the Lions.more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Howden, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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