The game of rugby is one of the most popular and widely played sports in the world. While every fan will have his or her own view of who the best players of all time are, here are some commonly accepted top players of this much-loved sport:
- Martin Johnson of England
This former England player is well-recognised as one of the best players in the history of the game. He acted as captain and took the England team to the ultimate victory of the World Cup in 2003. He is also the only player to have been captain for both the Irish and British Lions on different tours. With his club, the Leicester Tigers, he won the league no less than 6 times and played 84 times for his country. He was manager of the England team between 2008 and 2011, leading the team to first place victory during the Six Nations tournament in 2011 before resigning after the World Cup of the same year.
- Zinzan Brooke of New Zealand
Brooke has been praised as being one of the best flankers in the sport. He played for Auckland Blues, taking his team to victory in the championships in consecutive years in 1996 and 1997. He earned 58 caps for playing for his country, the iconic All Blacks. On his retirement, he held the world record for scoring the most amount of tries during test matches. He also received a respectable 8th position in a survey of the 50 best rugby players of all time held by the Telegraph. Want to motivate your players? Try a new Rugby Drill from https://www.sportplan.net/drills/Rugby
- Carlos Spencer of New Zealand
A fly-half who has earned the reputation for being one of the all-time greats, this former All Blacks player is now the head coach for the Eastern Province Kings rugby union team located in South Africa. He played 35 times for New Zealand and contributed 2901 points for the team. He was voted as player of the year for the 05-06 season.
- David Campese of Australia
A winger and fullback who has gone down in the history books as one of the best in rugby history. His unique and iconic kick move being dubbed the ‘goosestep’. It was a useful tactic for avoiding a tackle from the opposing players. He received 101 caps for Australia and scored 135 points. His club team was New South Wales and he enjoyed the honour of being player of the tournament during the World Cup in 1991.
- Jonah Lomu of New Zealand
Jonah Lomu skyrocketed to fame and could be called the first celebrity or superstar rugby player in history. He was the face of the game during the 1990s and early 2000s, raising rugby’s profile massively across the world. He played 63 times for the All Blacks from 1994 to 2002, while playing his club rugby with the Auckland Blues, the Chiefs and the Hurricanes. Unfortunately, the late Lomu never experienced a World Cup victory, despite being the top scorer of the competition. He was inducted to the Rugby Hall of Fame in 2007.
- Gareth Edwards of Wales
Many will argue that Gareth Edwards is the best player to ever to don a Wales shirt. He played between 1968 and 1978, when he received 53 caps for his national team. He spent 12 seasons with Cardiff Rugby Club, scoring 69 tries. During the 2007 New Year’s Honours list, he was awarded the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his contribution to the international game.