Rugby players

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Jonah Lomu

Jonah Tali Lomu was a New Zealand rugby union player. He became the youngest ever All Black when he played his first international in 1994 at the age of 19 years and 45 days. Playing on the wing Lomu finished his international career with 63 caps and 37 tries. He is regarded as the first true global superstar of rugby and consequently had a huge impact on the game. Lomu was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame on 9 October 2007, and the IRB Hall of Fame on 24 October 2011.


Ben Volavola

Ben Volavola is an Australian-born Fijian international rugby union footballer who plays for French Top 14 team Racing 92. He has previously played for Super Rugby clubs such as the Waratahs, Crusaders, and most recently the Rebels. Volavola can play as either a fly-half or full back.


Julian White

Julian White MBE is an English rugby union footballer who played prop for Leicester Tigers and England.


Rory Best

Rory David Best is an Irish rugby union player and is currently the captain of Ireland's International team. He plays hooker for Ulster and is registered for Banbridge RFC. With over 100 caps for Ireland since 2005, Best is one of the most capped players in Irish national team history.


Owen Farrell

Owen Andrew Farrell is an English professional rugby union player, currently playing for Premiership Rugby side Saracens. Farrell has played international rugby for England since 2012, has previously played for the British and Irish Lions and has been the Captain of England since 2018. He is considered by many to be one of the best currently-active rugby union players in the world, having been nominated for World Rugby Player of the Year in 2012, 2016 and 2017.


Jason Stevens

Jason Anthony Stevens is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s and 2000s. He is also a writer, screenwriter and actor. An Australia national and New South Wales State of Origin representative prop forward, he played his club football in Sydney for the St. George Dragons and Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks. Stevens retired from competitive rugby league in 2005 and has since worked as a rugby league writer.


Manu Tuilagi

Etuale Manusamoa 'Manu' Tuilagi is a rugby union player who currently plays for Leicester Tigers in the Premiership, and has played internationally for England and the British and Irish Lions. Born in Fogapoa, Samoa, Tuilagi has five older brothers who played for Samoa.

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Nando Parrado

Fernando "Nando" Seler Parrado Dolgay is one of the sixteen Uruguayan survivors of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, which crashed in the Andes mountains on 13 October 1972. After spending two months trapped in the mountains with the other crash survivors, he, along with Roberto Canessa, climbed through the Andes mountains over a 10-day period to find help. His efforts, supported in various ways by the entire group, have been recognized through books and other media. He was portrayed by Ethan Hawke in the 1993 feature film Alive: Miracle in The Andes.


Jacob Stockdale

Jacob Stockdale is an Irish professional rugby union player who currently plays for Ulster and for Ireland.


James Haskell

James Haskell is an English rugby union player who currently plays for Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership and internationally for England.


Richie Myler

Richard David Myler is an English professional rugby league footballer who plays as a scrum-half for the Leeds Rhinos in the Super League. He has played for England, and at club level for Widnes, Warrington, Salford and the Catalans Dragons.


Sergio Parisse

Sergio Parisse is an Italian rugby union player. He currently plays for French club Stade Français and is the current captain of Italy. Parisse is Italy's most-capped player, and currently 5th most-capped player worldwide. He was the first Italian rugby union player to be nominated for the IRB International Player of the Year, first in 2008 and again in 2013. Parisse is widely considered one of the greatest number eights of modern rugby.

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Jonny Wilkinson

Jonathan Peter Wilkinson, CBE is an English former rugby union player who represented England and the British and Irish Lions. He rose to prominence from 2001 to 2003, before and during the 2003 Rugby World Cup, and is widely acknowledged as one of the best rugby union players of all time.


Richie McCaw

Richard Hugh McCaw is a retired New Zealand rugby union player. He captained the national team, the All Blacks, in 110 out of his 148 test matches, and won two Rugby World Cups. He is the most capped test rugby player of all time, and has won the World Rugby player of the year award a joint record three times.


Andy Farrell

Andrew David Farrell, is an English rugby union coach and former rugby league and rugby union player. He is the defence coach for Ireland.