As they say rugby is a game of hooligans played by gentlemen. The game dates back to 1850s when it was very common across the United Kingdom. It is one of the myriad versions of football that entertained the enthusiast in English public schools. In the United States, the game evolved into the now famous American football. A commendable number of players have emerged from the sport and have earned massive respect globally. In this segment, we highlight the top 10 best rugby players in the world 2021.
10. Cian Healy
Cian Healy is an Irish rugby player who was born on 7th October 1987. He currently plays for Leinster and the Irish national team. Healy is an alma mater of Beivedere College and is renowned for wining Leinster senior cup silverware in 2005. What many people don’t know about him is that he is a DJ; he actually calls himself DJ church. He held major concert in the Oxegen festival in 2011.
9. Bismarck du Plessis
The South African rugby star was born on May the 22nd 1984. He represents his country in international competitions. Domestically, he plays for the Natal Sharks who also take part in the Currie Cup. He also a key player in the Sharks team which participate in the Super Cup. He began his professional career in 2005 and has grown to be a world star.
8. Logovi’i Mulipola
Logovi’i Mulipola is a Samoan rugby star who is currently signed to Leicester Tigers based in England. He joined the club in the 2011-2012 seasons. The pro athlete was born on 11th March 1987 in Manono Island in Samoa. He made his first appearance in the Samoan national team in 2009 against Papua New Guinea. His major role was in the 2011 Rugby World Cup against South Africa.
7. Brodie Retallick
Brodie is a New Zealand professional rugby player who was born on 31st May 1991. He is an alma mater of Christchurch Boy’s High School. He is a member of the Chiefs team which participates in the super rugby tournament and also represents the Bay of Plenty Steamers in the ITM cup. He made his first appearance in the New Zealand National Team on 9th June 2012. His main achievement came in 2021 when he was acknowledged with the world rugby player of the year award.
6. Courtney Lawes
Courtney was born on 23rd February 1989 in London, England. He is currently signed to Northampton Saints who participate in the Aviva Premiership. He is a prolific player who can fit in the back and center rows. He is an alumnus of the Northampton Old Scouts. He celebrated his first major achievement in 2009 after winning the senior cup against Australia.
5. Richie McCaw
Richie McCaw is a renowned open side flank player who currently represents All Blacks in the international tournaments. He is actually the incumbent test captain who leads his teammates in various championships. The 34 years old began his professional career in 2001 and has grown immensely to be dubbed the best open side flanker of all time. He led the team that won the 2011 rugby world cup.
4. Thierry Dusautoir
He is a renowned professional rugby player who represents French Rugby Union in major world competitions. He was born on 18th November 1981 in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. He plays for Toulouse club in the French premiership. What many don’t know is that Thierry is a chemical engineer. He is also renowned for leading his team in the 2011 world rugby finals against New Zealand.
3. Sergio Parisse
The 31 years old is a professional rugby player who currently represents the Italian Rugby Union. He was nominated for IRB player of the year award and was also the first player from his country to earn such recognition. He was the captain of the French club Stade Francais and the incumbent captain of his national team. He is acknowledged as one of the best number eights in the modern ruby.
2. Danny care
The English union rugby player was born on 2nd January 1987 in West Yorkshire. He represents the Harlequins which participate in the Aviva premiership. He is mainly active in the Scrum-half but can also play as a Fly-half when need arises. He was initially a member of Leeds Tykes before joining Harlequins in 2006.
1. Johnny Sexton
Johnny sexton was born on 11th July 1985 in Dublin, Ireland. He is a coveted member of Irish Rugby Union and has represented his country since 2009. He plays as a Fly-Half who can also take major role in the back line. He joined the Leinster Club in the 2007-2008 seasons after which he claimed his place in the first team. He has also represented other clubs in sundry competitions.