Nine ultimate one club rugby players, including Beaumont, Dallaglio and Johnson
They are all club icons and held in high regard by their respective fans, so here RUCK celebrates 10 of our favourites.
The impact they had, their quality, longevity, trophies won and legacy play a massive part in why they made our selection.
Be sure to tell us in the comments who your favourite ‘one club men’ from rugby are!
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1. Martin Johnson – Leicester Tigers
A giant of the game in more ways than one, Johnson is widely regarded as one of the greatest locks to have ever played the game.
As a player he famously led England to glory at the 2003 Rugby World Cup and also captained the British & Irish Lions in 1997 and 2001 – the first player to lead the elite tourists on two occasions.
On the domestic stage he played all his club rugby for Leicester Tigers, making his debut in 1989 before going on to make a total of 307 appearances before hanging up his boots in 2005. During his 16-year career at Welford Road he led them to back-to-back Heineken Cup titles in 2001 and 2002 and also five Premiership titles including four in-a-row between 1998-99 and 2001-02.
2. Paul O’Connell – Munster
Second-row Paul O’Connell is Munster through and through and holds the honour of having skippered the British & Irish Lions during their Test series with South Africa in 2009.
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He steered Munster to Heineken Cup glory in 2008 but greater success would follow in 2009 when he played a key role in Ireland’s historic Six Nations Grand Slam triumph.
Despite signing for French giants Toulon, he never played a game due to injury meaning we’ve decided we can still count him on this list.
3. Bill Beaumont – Fylde RFC
A former England and British & Irish Lions international, Beaumont is currently chairman of World Rugby having previously served as chairman of the RFU, vice-chairman of the International Rugby Board and a member of the IRB Council and IRB Executive Committee.
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Beaumont rose to prominence as a lock for Lancashire-based side Fylde, where he spent his whole club career 1969-1982, and made his international debut for England as a replacement against Ireland in 1975 – aged just 22.
His sons, Josh and Sam, have both since represented Fylde in the National Leagues.