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List of famous rugby players, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top rugby players in the world? This includes the most prominent rugby players, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable rugby players is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic rugby players were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned rugby players.

Examples of people on this list: Ashley Graham, Rahul Bose and more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known rugby players to the lesser known rugby players of today, these are some of the best professionals in the rugby player field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous rugby players ever?" and "What are the names of famous rugby players?" then you're in the right place. (1454 items)

Nathan Sharpe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Nathan Sharpe is a retired professional Australian rugby union player. He began his rugby career at the Queensland Reds in 1999 before joining the newly-created Western Force in 2006, where he ...more

Adam Ashley-Cooper is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Adam Ashley-Cooper is an Australian rugby union player. He plays for Australia, and for the NSW Waratahs in the Super Rugby competition.

Tatafu Polota-Nau is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Tatafu Polota-Nau is an Australian rugby union player.

Benn Robinson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Benn Robinson is an Australian professional rugby union footballer. He plays as a loosehead prop for the New South Wales Waratahs in the Super Rugby competition, and for Australia in ...more

Kurtley Beale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Kurtley Beale is an Australian professional rugby union football player of Aboriginal descent. He plays for the New South Wales Waratahs in the Super Rugby competition and represents Australia ...more

Berrick Barnes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Berrick Barnes is an Australian professional rugby union footballer. His usual position is fly-half or inside centre. He is currently signed with Japanese Top League club Panasonic Wild Knights, ...more

Digby Ioane is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Digby Ioane is an Australian professional rugby union footballer playing for the Stade Français Paris club in the Top 14 competition. He previously played for the Western Force and ...more

Scott Higginbotham is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Scott Higginbotham is an Australian rugby union player. He plays for and currently captains the Melbourne Rebels in the international Super Rugby competition. He plays Flanker and No. 8.

Dave Dennis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Dave Dennis is a national representative rugby union footballer who plays professionally for the New South Wales Waratahs. He was educated at Richmond High School in Sydney, when he played in ...more

Sitaleki Timani is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Sitaleki Timani, is a Tongan-born, Australian professional rugby union footballer. He made his test debut for the Wallabies in 2011. His usual position is lock.

Ben Tapuai is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Ben Tapuai is a professional rugby player for the Queensland Reds. Tapuai grew up in Melbourne and is of Samoan heritage.

Will Genia is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Will Genia is a Papua New Guinean-born, Australian professional rugby union player. He plays scrum-half for the Queensland Reds in the Super Rugby competition. He also plays for the Wallabies in ...more

Pat McCabe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Pat McCabe Wallaby No#847 is a retired professional Australian rugby union player. He played for the Brumbies in the Super Rugby, and Warringah in Sydney, and represented Australia at various ...more

Wycliff Palu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Wycliff Palu is an Australian rugby union footballer of Tongan descent. He plays for the New South Wales Waratahs in the international Super Rugby competition. Also known as Cliffy Palu, he ...more

Nick Cummins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Nick 'The Honey Badger' Cummins is an Australian rugby union footballer who plays for Western Force in the Super 15 and for the Wallabies in international matches. On 4 July 2014 Nick announced ...more

David Pocock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
David Pocock is an Australian rugby union player. He is a Brumbies openside flanker, and is vice captain of the Brumbies.

Kane Douglas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Kane Douglas is an Australian rugby union footballer who currently plays for Leinster Rugby was previously with the New South Wales Waratahs in the international Super Rugby competition and the ...more

Radike Samo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Radike Samo is an Australian rugby union player. He plays lock, flanker, number 8 and can even play on the wing.

Rahul Bose is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Rahul Bose is an Indian film actor, director, screenwriter, social activist, and rugby player. Bose has appeared in Bengali films such as Mr. and Mrs. Iyer, Kalpurush, Anuranan, Antaheen, Laptop ...more

Quade Cooper is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Quade S. Cooper is a New Zealand-born Australian rugby union football player and boxer. He currently plays for the Queensland Reds in the Super Rugby competition and has represented Australia at ...more

Drew Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Drew Alan Mitchell is an Australian rugby union player. He usually plays on the wing or as fullback. Up to the 2006 season he played for the Queensland Reds. He played for the Western Force for ...more

Jesse Mogg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Jesse Mogg is an Australian rugby union player who plays for the Brumbies in Super Rugby at full-back. Mogg in 2006 represented the Australia A Schools rugby union side, and hails from for St ...more

James O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
James O'Connor is an Australian professional rugby union footballer who made his international debut for Australia in 2008 at the age of eighteen. He has signed on to play for the Queensland ...more

Israel Folau is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Israel Folau is an Australian professional rugby union footballer with the NSW Waratahs in Super Rugby. Folau previously played rugby league for the Melbourne Storm in the National Rugby League ...more

James Slipper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
James Slipper is an Australian rugby union player who plays at prop. Slipper currently captains the Queensland Reds, making his debut during the 2010 Super 14 season. In June 2010 Slipper came ...more

Sekope Kepu is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Sekope Kepu is an Australian professional rugby union player. He is a prop for the NSW Waratahs in the Super Rugby competition, making his debut in 2008. He also plays for the Wallabies in ...more

Ben Mowen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Ben Mowen is an Australian professional rugby union player. He was the captain of the ACT Brumbies rugby union club in the Super Rugby competition and the Australia national rugby union team. He ...more

Rob Horne is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Rob Horne is a rugby union player who plays as a centre for the NSW Waratahs rugby union club in the Super Rugby competition.

Kyle Godwin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Kyle Godwin is an Australian rugby union footballer. His regular playing position is fly-half. He currently represents the Western Force in Super Rugby. Godwin was part of the Australia under 20 ...more

Ian Roberts is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Ian Roberts is an Australian actor, model and former professional rugby league footballer of the 1980s and 1990s. A New South Wales State of Origin and Australian international representative ...more

Leigh Halfpenny is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Stephen Leigh Halfpenny is a Wales and British Lions international rugby union player. Halfpenny is the third highest record points scorer for Wales after Neil Jenkins and Stephen Jones. He ...more

Hugh McMeniman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Hugh McMeniman is an Australian rugby union footballer. He currently plays for Western Force in Super Rugby and has played for Australia. His favoured position is blindside flanker but he can ...more

Rob Simmons is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Rob Simmons is an Australian rugby union footballer. He currently plays for the Queensland Reds in the Super Rugby competition and represents Australia in international fixtures. His position is ...more

Christian Lealiifano is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Christian Lealiifano, is an Australian rugby union player of Samoan heritage. His surname is spelled Leali'ifano when using Samoan diacritics. He currently plays for the Brumbies in Super Rugby ...more

Daniel Cudmore is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Daniel Cudmore is a Canadian actor and stuntman. He is perhaps best known for his roles as the mutant Piotr Rasputin/Colossus in the X-Men film franchise, and as the Volturi Felix in the ...more

Matt Toomua is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Matt Toomua is an Australian rugby union player. He plays for the Brumbies in the Super Rugby competition and his usual position is at fly-half or inside centre.

Liam Gill is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Liam Gill is a professional rugby union player for the Queensland Reds. He was born in Melbourne and lived in the United States before playing junior Rugby in Adelaide. He attended Gregory ...more

Brian O'Driscoll is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Brian Gerald O'Driscoll is an Irish former professional rugby union player. Registered at University College Dublin R.F.C., he played at outside centre for the Irish provincial team Leinster and ...more

James Horwill is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
James Horwill is an Australian rugby union player, a national and provincial representative Lock forward. He captained the Queensland Reds to a season victory in the 2011 in the Super Rugby ...more

Nic White is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Nic White is an Australian rugby union player who plays for the Brumbies in Super Rugby. His playing position is scrum-half. He made his Brumbies debut during the 2011 Super Rugby season against ...more

Ed Quirk is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Ed Quirk is a rugby union footballer who plays professionally for the Queensland Reds in Super Rugby. He made his debut during the 2010 Super 14 season against the Hurricanes in Brisbane. He ...more

Richie McCaw is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Richard Hugh "Richie" McCaw is a New Zealand rugby union player, the current test captain of the All Blacks – the country's national team. He predominantly plays in the openside ...more

Jamie Heaslip is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
James Peter Richard "Jamie" Heaslip is an Irish rugby union player playing for Leinster and Ireland. He plays as a number 8

Eben Etzebeth is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Eben Etzebeth is a South African international rugby union footballer. He currently plays for the Stormers in Super Rugby and for Western Province in the Currie Cup. His regular playing position ...more

Ashley Graham is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Ashley Graham is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 2000s and 2010s. He played in the National Rugby League for the Parramatta Eels and North Queensland Cowboys ...more

Dan Carter is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Daniel William "Dan" Carter is a New Zealand rugby union player. Carter plays for the Paris based Top 14 side Racing Métro, and for New Zealand's national team the All Blacks. ...more

Tommy Bowe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Thomas John "Tommy" Bowe is an Irish rugby union player from County Monaghan, Ireland. He plays on the wing for the Ulster, Ireland and the British and Irish Lions. In March 2012, ...more

Kayne Lawton is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Kayne Lawton is a retired Australian Rugby League footballer. He previously played for the Gold Coast Titans in the National Rugby League. He made his NRL debut in Round 20, 2009 against the ...more

Cooper Vuna is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Kerry Cooper Vuna is a professional rugby footballer who currently plays for the Worcester Warriors. He played rugby league for the New Zealand Warriors and Newcastle Knights in the National ...more

Jonah Lomu is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Rugby Players
Jonah Tali Lomu, MNZM is a former New Zealand rugby union player. He had sixty-three caps as an All Black after debuting in 1994. He is generally regarded as the first true global superstar of ...more