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3 Famous Rugby Players You May Not Know Are Muslim

Debates over the rise of Islamic extremism have made life pretty tough for Muslims, who have copped their unfair share of abuse, stereotyping and prejudice in recent years, as fears and tensions heightened.

RUCK has pulled together a list of the three current professional players you may not have even realised were Muslim.

Irrespective of their religion, what they have in common with other players is an enormous contribution to society through their professional rugby careers.

Meet some great rugby related Muslims.

1. Sonny Bill Williams (Blues/New Zealand)

Williams converted to Islam in 2009, while in France playing for Toulon. Therefore, he is the first Muslim to play for the All Blacks.  In 2018 he performed an Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca and Medinah.

2. Nizaam Carr  (Wasps/South Africa)

Since arriving at Wasps, Carr has become the first Muslim to appear in English rugby’s top flight, after previously being the first follower of Islam to win a South Africa cap. He’s since joined permanently and became a firm fan favourite at the Ricoh Arena.

3. Uzair Cassiem (Scarlets/South Africa)

Along with Carr, Cassiem became the second Muslim to ever represent the Springboks. He’s since joined the Scarlets and is looking forward to his first season in the Guinness Pro14 for the Welsh region.


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