Rugby is one of the modern world’s most popular sports, and since it was first started around 200 years ago, there have been some truly magnificent players, many of which have become legends within the sport. These are the top five players that will always be remembered.
1. Michael Jones – New Zealand
New Zealand’s former rugby union player Michael Jones also worked as Samoa’s rugby squad coach from 2004 to 2007 following his retirement from professional rugby. During his life, he was one of the most aggressive players and dubbed The Iceman for his gameplay need for ice bags for accidents.
He was the most productive Flanker for New Zealand All Blacks and won 55 caps with 56 goals. Rugby World magazine elected him the fifth biggest All Black of the 20th century.
2. Dan Carter – New Zealand
New Zealand rugby union player Dan Carter is Test game rugby’s biggest point scorer and commonly considered to be the biggest ever first-five eighth. He won 100 caps for the All Blacks National Team in New Zealand and scored 1,442 points. He was playing in Super Rugby for Crusaders where he won 128 caps and 1,581 points.
He also performed and scored 289 for Canterbury’s provincial squad. With the New Zealand National Team and four Super Rugby championships with the Crusaders, Carter won six Tri-Nations and Rugby Championships. In the 2011 Rugby World Cup, he also catapulted his national team to success.
3. Brian O’Driscoll
Brian O’Driscoll, former Irish professional rugby union player, is widely regarded as the best outdoor centre in rugby history. His popularity and following was so vast that his admirers visited his games carrying t-shirts with the motto “In BOD We Trust.”
Brian also played for the Irish provincial team Leinster in addition to international appearances, starting their run as one of Europe’s most successful rugby clubs, and it’s not impossible to find past videos of his games being watched anywhere online.
4. David Campese – Australia
Player David Campese is commonly regarded as the best midfielder in the history of rugby. He is also commonly famous for his “goose-step” hitch-kick movement, which is used to avoid rivals tackling him In Australia’s national rugby team The Wallabies, he scored a total of 101 caps and 315 points. He also played for New South Wales, earning 56 caps and 114 points.
5. Gareth Edwards – Wales
According to the BBC, former Welsh rugby union player Gareth Edwards is “probably the greatest player ever to wear a Welsh jersey.” He performed 53 games for the national team in Wales, averaged 88 goals from 1967 to 1978, and also attended 10 British Lions games and scored 3 points. In his club career he performed 12 matches of his Cardiff RFC career and in 195 matches he scored 69 tries.
In a 2003 Rugby World magazine survey, he was elected the best player of all time. Gareth was also listed the best ever on the list of “50 Greatest Rugby teams,” published in 2007 in The Telegraph by former England coach Will Carling.