The 5 Best Rugby Centres Of All Time, Ranked - Ruck

The 5 Best Rugby Centres Of All Time, Ranked

Here we pick our top five best rugby centres of all time. We’ve used a number of stats to quantify our rankings, as well as a player’s overall contribution to the game. So who makes it into our top five?

All stats come from and are correct as of the publish date.

Honourable mentions: Will Greenwood (England), Scott Gibbs (Wales), Sonny Bill Williams (New Zealand), Danie Gerber (South Africa), Frank Bunce (New Zealand), Yannick Jauzion (France)


#5 Ma’a Nonu (New Zealand)

Known initially more for his braided hair and eyeliner, he added passing and kicking to his raw line-breaking power to become one of the great centres, capping his Test career with that superb World Cup final try in 2015.

Did you know? Nonu became a vegetarian while playing in France for Toulon, citing his son Michael as his motivation

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 24: Ma’a Nonu of the New Zealand All Blacks is tackled by Handre Pollard (l) and Francois Louw (6) of South Africa during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match between South Africa and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on October 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Lee – World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)