3 Famous Rugby Players You Didn't Know Were Adopted - Ruck

3 Famous Rugby Players You Didn’t Know Were Adopted

Other than Superman, what other famous figures were adopted?

We bet the biological parents of these adopted athletes would be very proud! This list of three rugby players who were adopted features some amazing stories of love and loss.

What does every single one of these famous rugby players who were adopted prove? That you don’t need a perfect life/background to make it in rugby.

1. Brian Moore

Moore built a reputation as one of the hardest players of the amateur era, the snarling ‘Pitbull’ packing down as England’s hooker in 64 Tests.

The prop was born to single mother Rina Kirk in Birmingham Abandoned by his father, his mother gave him up for adoption at 7 months old to Methodist lay preachers Ralph and Dorothy Moore, who moved to Halifax, West Yorkshire, where he’d play his first rugby.

In 2009 Moore revealed in his autobiography Beware of the Dog that he had been sexually abused as a child by a churchgoing friend of his parents and also his struggle to come to terms with his abandonment by his birth mother. His book would go on to win the William Hill Sports Book of the Year in 2010.

He has since met his birth mother and discovered he has two blood siblings. Moore, however, has no intention of meeting his father after he discovered he had children with multiple women.

Following his retirement from playing Moore began a successful career as a journalist and pundit, working extensively with the BBC and writing a column in The Daily Telegraph.