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Wales legend Graham Price ranks the 10 toughest rugby players EVER

Wales legend Graham Price has named the 10 toughest rugby players of all-time.

The Wales and Lions legend packed down 41 times for his country and was first-choice on Lions tours to New Zealand (1977 and 1983) and South Africa (1980), playing in every game.

Price, named the toughest player in Wales history by former England fly-half Stuart Barnes, had a go at picking his own list of real, real rugby tough men

You can read his list for the Wales Online by clicking here.

The 10 hardest rugby players in history:

#10. Eben Etzebeth (South Africa)

Price says: “Etzebeth is another who never took a backward step. He learned so much from watching Botha and they used to say he was ready to fight anyone – including the referee.”

Eben Etzebeth of South Africa during the Autumn Nations Match between England and South Africa at Twickenham Stadium on 20 November 2021. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

#9. Bakkies Botha (South Africa)

Price says: “In an era when it has been more difficult to ‘assert yourself’ as a hard man because there are so many TV cameras around these days, he was still able to stand out as the Springboks’ enforcer for a decade.”

#8. Jerry Collins (New Zealand)

Price says: “Another modern-day great to make my list. He intimidated with his ferocious tackling and fearsome ball-carrying.

“If you want evidence of just how hard as nails Collins was, just ask Colin Charvis, who was knocked out cold by one of his tackles in a New Zealand v Wales game.”

#7. Wayne Shelford (New Zealand)

#6. Fran Cotton (England)

Price says: “A great player, a fierce opponent and wonderful team-mate of mine with the Lions in 1977. If you went into battle, you knew Franny would watch your back.

“We played the three Tests in the front row against New Zealand on that ’77 tour and they had a newspaper called The Truth, which was their equivalent of the News of the World.”