Famous Rugby Players from England

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 Healey
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    Austin Sean Healey (born 26 October 1973 in Wallasey, Cheshire) is a former English rugby union player who played as a utility back for Leicester Tigers, and represented both England and the British and Irish Lions. He has 51 England caps and 2 Lions caps. He played for England at scrum half, fly-half, fullback and wing, and was often used as a replacement (or substitute) because of his versatility. He is a famously competitive and "outspoken" character, gaining the nickname "The Leicester Lip".Since retiring he has worked in the media.
    • Age: 49
    • Birthplace: Wallasey, England
  • Cameron Shepherd (born 30 March 1984, Windsor, England) is an Australian rugby union footballer. He notably played for the Western Force in the international Super Rugby competition. His usual position is at fullback or wing.
    • Age: 38
    • Birthplace: Windsor, United Kingdom
  • Francis Edward Cotton (born 3 January 1947) 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 the club's board.Cotton was born in Wigan, Lancashire and went to Loughborough University to study physical education. Cotton was ahead of his time in terms of physical preparation. It was during these years that Cotton would win the Glengarth Sevens at Davenport Rugby Club (Stockport Rugby Club) along with Steve Smith and Clive Rees. Cotton made his England debut ...more
    • Age: 76
    • Birthplace: Wigan, United Kingdom
  • Gareth Ellis (born (1981-05-03)3 May 1981) is an English professional rugby league footballer who plays as a second-row and loose forward for Hull FC in the Super League, and England and Great Britain at international level. He played at club level for the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Leeds Rhinos (with whom he won Super League XII's 2007 Super League Grand Final and Super League XIII's 2008 Super League Grand Final), and Hull FC in the Super League, and for the Wests Tigers in the NRL. Earlier in his career he played as a centre. He also represented Yorkshire.
    • Age: 41
    • Birthplace: Castleford, United Kingdom
  • Gareth Widdop

    Gareth Widdop (born 12 March 1989) is an English professional rugby league footballer who plays as a five-eighth or fullback and is the captain of the St. George Illawarra Dragons in the NRL. Widdop is an England international and World All Stars representative. Widdop previously played for the Melbourne Storm between 2010 and 2013, with whom he won the 2012 NRL Premiership. Widdop will play for the Dragons for the 2019 season before joining Warrington Wolves on a 2-year contract from the 2020 season.
    • Age: 33
    • Birthplace: Halifax, United Kingdom
  • George Burgess
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    George Burgess (born 21 April 1992) is an English professional rugby league footballer who plays as a prop for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL. He has signed with the Wigan Warriors on a three-year deal from the 2020 Super League season.
    • Age: 30
    • Birthplace: Dewsbury, United Kingdom