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The Top 20 International Try-Scorers of All Time

Scoring a try for your country is one of the greatest achievements for a rugby player.

There can’t be many things better than scoring an important try for your home nation and celebrating with your compatriots as you represent your country.

However, there are numerous figures who scored on multiple occasions for their country, with a small pool of players scoring over half a century of tries.

Many of rugby’s finest feature in this list, yet many more obscure and unique players have also achieved this feat.

Here’s our look at the most prolific and iconic try-scorers in international rugby4


17=. D.T.H van der Merwe (Canada) – 37 tries

South African born Van der Merwe is a well known Canadian due to his time in the Guinness Pro 14 and Gallagher Premiership. He made history by becoming one of only the second player (the other is Shane Williams) to score in every pool game at a Rugby World Cup.


17=. Jonah Lomu (New Zealand) – 37 tries

The giant All Blacks wing was rugby’s first global star. He burst on the scene at the 1995 World Cup with some of the most destructive performances the rugby world had ever seen and with professionalism in its infancy Lomu became rugby’s first millionaire.

The powerhouse amassed 185 first=class games in which he scored 122 tries. He had 73 games in all for the All Blacks of which 63 were Tests.


17=. Israel Folau (Australia) – 37 tries

Folau was one of the most exciting talents in the modern game having made a high-profile switch to union following stints in rugby league and Australian Rules football. However, his rugby career is now likely over due to his homophobic posts that led to his sacking.


17=. Adam Ashley-Cooper (Australia) – 37 tries

Having won international caps at centre, wing and fullback, Ashley-Cooper has proven his worth but not dominated a position despite his significant try haul. 


14=. Joostvan der Westhuizen (South Africa) – 38 tries

Regarded as one of the greatest scrum-halves the game has ever seen, the late Van der Westhuizen was capped a total of 89 times during a 10-year international career and was a key member of the Springboks side that lifted the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

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