England Legend Jonny Wilkinson Has Been Voted The Greatest Ever Rugby Player In History - Ruck

England Legend Jonny Wilkinson Has Been Voted The Greatest Ever Rugby Player In History

England legend Jonny Wilkinson has been voted as the rugby’s greatest ever rugby player after a survey was conducted with more than 5,000 fans participated. 

Forever remembered as the man whose last-gasp drop-goal won England the Rugby World Cup by edging past the hosts in Australia in 2003.

That moment is just one highlight of a record-breaking career that has seen Wilkinson rise to one of the sport’s all-time greats.

England won 67 of the 91 games Wilkinson played in with h1im scoring an outstanding total of 1,179 points. He also holds the Rugby World Cup points record with 277.

Within the top 20 players voted by the fans, New Zealand have the most representatives with five, including the likes of Dan Carter, Richie McCaw and Zinzan Brooke.


The only player to make the list from the amateur era is Wales best ever player, and arguably the best scrum-half of all-time, Gareth Edwards.

Here is the list of the top 20 greatest ever rugby players voted by fans:

Greatest Ever Rugby Playesr: Top 20

20. Sergio Parisse (Italy)

Parisse, an Italian rugby legend, is known for his exceptional skills and leadership. He holds numerous records for Italy and has been a key figure in international rugby. Parisse’s passion for the game and dedication to his team have made him an iconic figure in Italian rugby.

19. Johnny Sexton (Ireland)

Sexton, the talismanic Irish fly-half, has been a pivotal force in Irish rugby. Known for his precise kicking and on-field leadership, he has guided Ireland to numerous victories. His commitment to the sport and unwavering dedication have made him a beloved figure in Irish rugby.

Andy Farrell, Head Coach of Ireland and Johnny Sexton, Captain of Ireland pose with the Guinness Six Nations trophy during the 2023 Guinness Six Nations Media Launch at County Hall, Lambeth, London on Monday 23rd January 2023 | Photo: James Fearn/PPAUK.

18. Jason Leonard (England)

Leonard, a former England prop, is a true rugby legend. Renowned for his scrummaging prowess and longevity, he earned a record number of caps for England. Leonard’s contributions to English rugby are celebrated, and he remains an inspirational figure in the sport.

17. Zinzan Brooke (New Zealand)

Brooke, a legendary All Blacks No. 8, is celebrated for his dynamic play and versatility. His ability to score drop goals from remarkable distances is iconic. Brooke’s impact on New Zealand rugby is enduring, and he is remembered as one of the greats.

16. Sonny Bill Williams (New Zealand)

Williams is a rugby sensation known for his powerful runs and offloading skills. A dual-code international, he’s achieved success in both rugby union and rugby league. Williams’s athleticism and charisma have made him a global rugby superstar.