Unwanted records in International Rugby: Most yellow & red cards, most losses and more…

In every season, a lot of players make their international debut. Some of them go on to become the legends of their respective countries while others don’t make the grade. So many new records are created and broken & in between, some of the unwanted records are made.

Quickly, let’s delve through such records, we’ve seen in International Rugby:

Most Yellow cards: Australia’s Michael Hooper is in danger of spending more time in the ‘cooler’ than Steve McQueen did in The Great Escape having been sin-binned a total of eight times in his 79-Test career.

Most red cards: Three players share the shame of having been sent off not once but twice in their international careers. Uruguay’s Mario Cagnani, Samoa’s Alesana Tuilagi and the United States’ Paul Emerick head that particular ‘roll of dishonour’.

Most defeats: Sergio Parisse is the owner of this record by some way with 106 defeats. Martin Castrogiovanni second on the list with 88 – and it is perhaps not surprising that Italians occupy 11 of the ‘top’ 12 places on the list given their exposure to regular top-tier opposition since they joined the Six Nations party in 2000.