Even the toughest players were scared to see these guys running at them.
Based on quotes from other players and reports from experts on the game, we’ve collected our picks for the hardest hitters in rugby history.
From monstrous back-rowers to huge locks, these are the guys who made some of the toughest men on the planet wince every time they touched the ball.
#5. Jacques Burger (Namibia)
Seen as one of the toughest tacklers in Premiership history, Burger rose to the challenge of carrying his nation almost single-handedly with gusto and relish at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. His nose bears testament to the battering he’s taken in the process. Flat as a pancake, that schnoz. Fair play.