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LIST: 12 rugby players fans have loved to hate…

5. Quade Cooper

The cocksure fly-half is never short of an opinion or two, and his spat with New Zealand captain Richie McCaw in 2011 meant he went down even further in many people’s estimation. Still an incredible talent nevertheless.


6. Stuart Barnes

The former England outside-half and Sky Sports commentator can often be found not just winding up fans but players too!

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7. Mike Brown (England)

In his own words, the fullback is a ‘marmite player’ with fans either loving or hating him. A skinhead who enjoys confrontation is not the traditional mould for an England No15.


8. Schalk Burger (South Africa)

The flanker is another player who likes to play on the very edge of the laws and has been somewhat vilified after a few more than controversial moments.

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 17: a jubilant Schalk Burger of South Africa (R) and Fourie Du Preez of South Africa enbrace following victory in the 2015 Rugby World Cup Quarter Final match between South Africa and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on October 17, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Lee – World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)

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