10 of the Scariest Rugby Players
With it being Halloween today, it seemed suitable to compile a list of the 10 scariest Rugby players we know. There are some names on this list that you certainly wouldn’t want to come across on a dark night!
Chabal is one of the most iconic figures in world rugby. The bearded Frenchman weighs just under 18 stone and is just under 6ft4. He was capped 62 times by France before his retirement, leading them to the World Cup final in 2011. Chabal spent the majority of his club career at Sale, winning the Aviva Premiership. He also played for Bourgoin, Racing Metro and Lyon.
With a nickname like ‘The Beast’, Tendai Mtawarira simply had to be on the list. He’s been capped 75 times by the Springboks, scoring two tries. The loosehead prop weighs in at 18st4lbs, and at 6ft1, it’s understandable why he’s called ‘The Beast’. He’s played for the Sharks since 2007, representing his side over 100 times. It wasn’t until 2009 that Mtawarira was cleared to play for South Africa, due to being born in Zimbabwe.
O’Brien is Mr. versatile in the Ireland squad. Capped 41 times, O’Brien is capable of playing either flanker or number 8. The Irishman has been at Leinster since 2008, appearing 96 times. He is known for his barging runs and ball carrying and was described by the IRB’s rugby news service as ‘a rampaging ball of destruction. He is also known for his speed, counter rucking, and defensive tackling. Weighing in at exactly 17 stone, he certainly is a force to be reckoned with.
Talismanic Ireland Captain O’Connell is the third most capped Ireland player in history with 108 appearances for his country. The forward is a massive 6ft 6in and weighs in at just over 17 stone. What makes him such a scary player is the pure passion he shows when on the rugby field. O’Connell played for Munster between 2001-15 but has recently joined Toulon in the Top 14. O’Connell has also captained the British and Irish Lions during their tour down under in 2009. His upper body strength is also impressive, with the lock having the ability to bench just short of 400lbs.
Weighing just under 20 stone, Bastareaud is one of the scariest centres in world Rugby. The 27-year-old represents Toulon at club level, who he joined from Stade Francais in 2013. In his 39 caps for France, Bastareaud has only managed to score three tries. This though still doesn’t take the terror factor away from him!
The Italian prop forward had the choice of which nation he represented. He was born in Argentina but opted to play for the Italian national side. He has represented them over 100, becoming a vital part of the squad. Standing at 6ft2 and weighing 18st10lbs, ‘Castro’ led the line for Leicester Tigers for seven years, before moving to Toulon for two years. He has recently joined Racing 92 but is yet to play for his new side.
The Tuilagi Family
It would have been difficult to pick just one of the Tuilagi brothers as the scariest players in rugby, so it’s for the best that they’ve all been clumped together. Manu Tuilagi’s fight with Chris Ashton will be remembered for a long time by rugby fans. Perhaps a less famous battle between Manu’s brother Alesana and Lewis Moody was the first in a long line of trouble for the Tuilagi brothers. Alesana Tuilagi saw red here, not for the first or last time in his career.
Jones is a prop forward who represented Wales at International level 95 times before announcing his retirement in January 2015. He has recently joined Harlequins, and will aim to strengthen their front row for the 2015/16 season. Jones is 6ft tall and weighs just under 20 stone. Although Jones has only scored seven tries in his long career, his tenacity in the scrum makes him one of the best prop forwards to have graced world rugby.
Nonu’s stature is enough to intimidate anyone. Playing at centre for the majority of his career, Nonu is 6ft tall and weighs just short of 17 stone. The New Zealand international plays his club rugby for The Hurricanes in Super Rugby, as well as representing the Wellington Lions in the ITM Cup. Following the Rugby World Cup, the dominant centre will join French side Toulon where he will unleash his reign of terror upon the Northern Hemisphere.
The Australian skipper rounds off our list, measuring in at 6ft1 and weighing a monstrous 17st9lbs. The hooker has led the line for Australia extremely well in recent years, as well as captaining his club side The Brumbies. Moore was born in Saudi Arabia to Irish parents, but moved to Australia when he was 5, gaining citizenship and allowing him to represent the Wallabies.