10 Best Full-backs in Rugby History: Blanco, Robinson, Williams & more

Ranking the 10 Best Full-backs in Rugby History

3. Jason Robinson (England)

In third place is cross-code star Jason Robinson. He was a key member of the England team that hoisted the Webb Ellis Cup in 2003 before also appearing in the narrow final defeat to the Springboks’ in 2007.

The devastating game-breaker briefly captained England while Jonny Wilkinson was out injured and after retiring from international rugby for a second time in 2007 had made 51 Test caps in total, scoring 140 points.

Throughout his career, Robinson was noted for his acceleration, side step and ability to beat defenders.

Did you know: Robinson is nicknamed ‘Billy Whizz’ after a character in the British comic The Beano, who is incredibly fast

2. Percy Montgomery (South Africa)

Bound to Springbok folklore, Percy Montgomery was the primary reason South African Rugby had so much success around the turn of the century, and it’s earned him the number two spot on our list.

Montgomery became the first Springbok to earn 100 caps and to this day remains their all-time top point scorer with 893 points in internationals. He also helped them to two Tri-Nations titles and the 2007 World Cup.

Did you know: Montgomery earned his first Springbok cap against the British and Irish Lions in July 1997 as an outside centre.

1.Serge Blanco (France)

There could be only one-man top of this list, and that is Les Bleus legend Serge Blanco. The French icon’s international career with France saw the flamboyant fullback perform various outlandish levels of skill while winning Five Nation Grand Slams in 1981 and 1987 as well as four further titles.

Blanco was a threat from everywhere on the field and often took risks that we very rarely see nowadays. In total, he won 93 caps for France during his 11-year international career between 1980 and 1991, which was a record when he retired. He also scored an imposing 233 points and is a true legend of the sport and without a doubt one of the Best Full-backs in Rugby History .

Did you know: Images of Blanco’s on-field heroics can always be viewed ironically alongside images of him strutting along the touchline nursing a cigarette.