Top 10 Fastest Rugby Players of All Time: Jonny May Makes the List - Ruck

Top 10 Fastest Rugby Players of All Time: Jonny May Makes the List

In the high-octane world of Rugby Union, speed is more than just an asset; it’s a game-changer.

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From electrifying sprints down the pitch to stunning tries, the sport has witnessed numerous rapid players who have left defenders trailing behind.

Although the idea of settling the debate about the fastest players with a head-to-head race is an exciting fantasy, the reality of retired athletes and different eras makes such a showdown unlikely.

Nevertheless, we can still explore the thrilling journey of discovering some of the speed demons who have graced the rugby field.

Note: Sevens players are not included in this list.

10. Jonny May – England – 10.71 seconds (100m)

England’s Jonny May isn’t just fast; he’s a force to be reckoned with. Clocking in at an impressive 10.71 seconds over 100 meters, May’s lightning speed has made him a formidable presence on the pitch. With an ever-growing prowess in finishing, May’s name often finds itself at the forefront of Eddie Jones’ team selections.

9. Cheslin Kolbe – South Africa – 10.70 seconds (100m)

Cheslin Kolbe’s speed is the stuff of legend. A product of South Africa’s rugby system, Kolbe blazed through school with a staggering 10.70-second 100-meter time. Today, he’s even faster, making him a nightmare for opposition defences.

8. Jonah Lomu – New Zealand – 10.70 seconds (100m)

Jonah Lomu wasn’t just a rugby player; he was a phenomenon. Despite his imposing stature, Lomu possessed the speed of a sprinter, clocking in at 10.70 seconds over 100 meters. His sheer power and pace redefined the winger position, leaving a lasting legacy in the annals of rugby history.

7. Doug Howlett – New Zealand – 10.68 seconds (100m)

Doug Howlett’s name is synonymous with speed. As a former All Black and Blues sensation, Howlett’s blistering pace, evidenced by his 10.68-second 100-meter dash, made him a nightmare for opposing defenses. Whether in international or Super Rugby arenas, Howlett’s speed was a weapon to be feared.

6. Jason Robinson – England – 10.68 seconds (100m)

Jason Robinson’s agility and pace were simply unparalleled. With the ability to leave defenders in his dust, Robinson’s electrifying runs often ended with him crossing the try line. A true dual-threat in both league and union, Robinson’s 10.68-second 100-meter time solidifies his place among rugby’s fastest.