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Rugby history top 15: The hardest men in the sports history

“Pick a definitive list of rugby’s hard men?” is one of those nice innocuous questions – the kind that comes up in the pub – that ends up stoking a raging argument that lasts for hours.

So when we started discussing it in the RUCK office it quickly became a tough thing to do.

You can rank our 15 hard men yourself on PAGE FOUR.


15. Jerry Collins (New Zealand)
A no better place to start. The All Black flanker, who tragically died in a car crash, was widely regarded as one of the most abrasive players to ever step foot on a rugby pitch.

14. Martin Johnson (England)
Johnson had stellar success in his career, but he always played every match like a wounded beast. One of the game’s true greats.

13. Schalk Burger (South Africa)
Burger made a comeback after suffering bacterial meningitis, an operation on his spine and calf and knee problems. He cannot be stopped

12. Jamie Cudmore (Canada)
Don’t be fooled by his nickname ‘Cuddles’. The 37-year-old former Canadian logger spent a year in a juvenile detention centre when his trouble-filled youth included being a collection agent for drug dealers. A true warrior on the pitch.

11. Paul O’Connell (Ireland)
He was the totem of the Irish pack and their go-to man from the first time he pulled on a green jersey back in 2002 until the last at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Another who led by example throwing himself into the fray with scant regard for life and limb.
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2 Responses

  1. Derek Rice

    Wilkie achieved one drop goal to hoist him into a sort of ‘God-like’ status he comes nowhere near Carter or even Beauden Barrett n none could touch ‘THE King Barry John who had everything in spades !

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