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Top 10 rugby legends of all-time have been named and ranked, Brian O’Driscoll ninth

The team at Rugby Pass has compiled a list of the top 10 rugby union legends, featuring numerous prominent figures.

Surprisingly, none of the South African players have managed to secure a spot on this list.

#10. Sergio Parisse (Italy)

While rugby thrives on team efforts, Italy has nearly been an exception, often relying heavily on their standout leader: Sergio Parisse. Hailing from Argentina, this No.8 dynamo has been pivotal for the Azzurri.

Bursting onto the scene at 18 against New Zealand in 2002, he wields both power and finesse. With his imposing stature, he breaches defenses; yet, his hands are as delicate as a fly-half’s, delivering clever offloads.

A strategic mind and unwavering determination further solidify his stature as the epitome of a versatile rugby player.

They wrote: “A powerful number 8, Parisse has always had the skillset of a backline player. This alongside his mammoth size has allowed him to become one of the most dangerous players of all time.”

#9. Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)

A feared and consistent presence, O’Driscoll boasts 141 Test caps, including 8 for the Lions, ranking second only to Richie McCaw. With 46 tries, he’s Ireland’s top scorer, also leading in captaincy. His stellar defense and dazzling attacks kept rivals on edge.

Unforgettable moments include a Paris hat-trick in 2000 and a mesmerizing solo Lions try in Brisbane ’01, echoing the ‘Waltzing O’Driscoll’ anthem. Six Nations records 26 tries, named 2006, 2007, 2009 Player of the Tournament, securing 1 Grand Slam and 3 Triple Crowns. Europe’s best.

They wrote: “Often touted as the greatest Irish rugby player of all time, Brian O’Driscoll holds the record for both the most caps and the most tries for his national side.”

#8. David Campese (Australia)

Campese, born October 21, 1962, is an Australian rugby icon celebrated for his unmatched flair and artistry on the field. A prolific winger and fullback, he left an indelible mark on the sport, earning 101 caps for the Wallabies.

Campese’s audacious playing style, highlighted by his famous goose-step, revolutionized rugby and earned him the 1991 Rugby World Cup. His enduring impact continues as he remains a respected figure and ambassador in the rugby community.

They wrote: “Known for his trademark goose-step, there were very few players in the history of the game that could bring a crowd to their feet like Campese.”