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List of Famous Rugby Players

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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. {#nodes}
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  • Nathan Sharpe (born 26 February 1978) 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...  more
  • Adam Ashley-Cooper (born 27 March 1984 in Sydney) is an Australian rugby union player. He plays for Kobelco Steelers in the Japanese Top League and has won 116 caps for Australia, the third most of...  more
  • Sione 'Utukiveisini Tatafu Polota-Nau (born 26 July 1985) is an Australian rugby union player who plays for Leicester Tigers in England's Premiership Rugby. He joined the club in December 2017....  more
  • Benn Robinson (born 19 July 1984, in Sydney) is a former Australian professional rugby union footballer. He plays as a loosehead prop for the New South Wales Waratahs in the Super Rugby competition,...  more
  • Kurtley Beale (born 6 January 1989) is an Australian professional rugby union representative player who has made over 90 national representative appearances in a ten year playing career at the...  more
  • Berrick Stevens Barnes (born 28 May 1986) 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...  more
  • Digby Ioane (born 14 July 1985) is an Australian professional rugby union footballer playing for the Panasonic Wild Knights in the Japanese Top League. He previously played for Stade Français, the...  more
  • Scott Higginbotham (born 5 September 1986) is an Australian rugby union player. He currently plays for the Queensland Reds and holds 32 caps for Australia's national team, the Wallabies. His usual...  more
  • 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 the...  more
  • Sitaleki Timani (born 19 September 1986), is a Tongan-born, Australian professional rugby union footballer. He made his test debut for the Wallabies in 2011. His usual position is lock. He's...  more
  • Ben Tapuai is a professional rugby player for the Queensland Reds. Tapuai grew up in Melbourne and is of Samoan heritage....  more
  • Sanchez William Genia (born 17 January 1988) is an Australian rugby union player. He plays scrum-half for the Melbourne Rebels in Super Rugby and for Australia. Genia made his debut for Australia in...  more
  • Pat McCabe (born 21 March 1988) is a former professional Australian rugby union player, now Lawyer. He played for the Brumbies in the Super Rugby, and Warringah in Sydney, and represented Australia...  more
  • Wycliff Palu (born 27 July 1982), known as Cliffy Palu, is an Australian former professional rugby union footballer of Tongan descent. He played for the New South Wales Waratahs in Super Rugby and...  more
  • Nicholas Mark Cummins (born 5 October 1987) is a former Australian professional rugby union player living in Sydney. He played for the Western Force in Super Rugby and for Coca-Cola Red Sparks in the...  more
  • David Pocock (born 23 April 1988) is a Zimbabwe born Australian rugby union player. He is an openside flanker, vice captain of the Brumbies. Pocock represents the Wallabies in international...  more
  • Kane Douglas (born 1 June 1989) is an Australian professional rugby union footballer who currently plays as a lock for the Bordeaux club in France. Douglas previously played a season with Irish...  more
  • Radike Samo (born 9 July 1976 in Nadi, Fiji) is an Australian rugby union player. He plays lock, flanker, number 8 and can even play on the wing....  more
  • Rahul Bose (born 27 July 1967) 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,...  more
  • Quade Santini Cooper (born 5 April 1988) is a professional rugby union player and occasional boxer. Although a New Zealand citizen, he has represented Australia in rugby at international level. He is...  more
  • Drew Alan Mitchell (born 26 March 1984) is a former Australian rugby union player. He played on the wing or as fullback. Up to the 2006 season he played for the Queensland Reds. He played for the...  more
  • 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 David O'Connor (born 5 July 1990) is an Australian professional rugby union footballer who currently plays for Sale Sharks. He made his international debut for Australia in 2008 at the age of...  more
  • Israel Folau (Tongan: Isileli Folau; born 3 April 1989) is an Australian former professional rugby union player who most recently played for the New South Wales Waratahs in Super Rugby. He has...  more
  • James Slipper (born 6 June 1989 in Gold Coast, Queensland) is an Australian rugby union player who plays at prop. Slipper currently captains the Queensland Reds, making his debut during the 2010...  more