The Most Physical XV in World Rugby

The Game of Rugby is becoming increasingly physical, with some huge players circulating the modern game. Currently, Professional Rugby, especially the International arena, has brutal collisions. Dump Tackles and ‘bounces’ are the great sights on a rugby pitch, and as a player, scoring a try Is one thing, but completely destroying your opposite number in one moment of brutality is another. There’s nothing like it.

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So here is the most physical, heaviest XV currently playing. Starting from Full Back to Number 8.

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Israel Falou (6ft 5in, 16st 6lb) – His extraordinary tall frame outshines any other full backs in world rugby. Fused with his incredible aerial ability and athleticism, the best full back in the world is truly world class.

Julian Savea (6ft 4in, 17st 3lb) – The ‘bus’ scored a hatrick on his All Blacks Debut and has continued from there. Has a massive future in the Black Jersey, and has the ability to be a great.

Manu Tuilagi (6ft 1in, 18st 4lb) –We had to have a member of the Tuilagi Dynasty in the Team, his un-deniable physicality and pace makes him a great asset to England and his beloved Leicester.

Mathieu Bastareaud (6ft 1in, 18st 12lb) – A prop in the centres is always going to cause trouble. He is so hard to tackle because of his rock legs, low centre of mass and his ability to pick off weaker tacklers.

George North (6ft 4in, 17st 4lb) – Physically he is a monster, bouncing players is already second nature to himself, despite his raw age of 21. Tipped to be the top International try scorer, and most capped player ever, this man truly has the greatest future ahead of him.

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Francois Steyn (6ft 3in, 17st 7lb) – There aren’t many big fly halves in the world, but this south African certainly Is one. A true physical presence with a colossal boot to his name.

Mike Phillips (6ft 3in, 17st 7lb) – Despite being a scrum half, Phillips is one of the most aggressive, hard-nosed players in the game. Despite his inconsistency, he rises to a big occasion, he is a true threat to all the teams with his power and unexpected pace cutting teams apart.

James Johnston (6ft 2in, 22st 1lb) – Despite not making the Saracens team, Johnston is still an incredible physical presence with an aggressive streak often bubbling over. The Samoan international has caused a lot of bruising in his time.

Richard Hibbard (6ft 2in, 18st 1lb) – His crunching hits narrowly edge out Bismarck Du Plessis. A man who still thrives on the passion of the game.

Ben Tameifuna 140 (6ft, 22st 1lb) – Big Ben is a rampant prop, bone breaking bounces is nothing out of the ordinary for the All Blacks prop. His charges are phenomenal, and one of the great views of Super Rugby.

Romain Taofifenua (6ft 6in, 22st 2lb) – Currently playing for Perpignan, the man is an enforcer capable of crunching any attackers, big or small.

Devin Toner- (7ft, 20st) The Irish Lock is a very heavy lock, with great lineout skills and athletic ability, the tallest player in the Heineken Cup could have a great career with Ireland.

Opeti Fonua (6ft, 6in, 22st 2lb) – Playing for Tonga, and Bayonne, the Heaviest Rugby Player currently playing scares the opposition by his sheer weight. A myth, yet to be confirmed, created by his old Club is that he is

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Henry Tuilagi – (6ft, 2in, 20st 2in) A violent streak masks his phenomenal ability in contact. A serious lack of technical ability doesn’t matter, coming up against his carries is singlehandedly the scariest thing in sport.

Edwin Maka (6ft 8in, 22st 8lb) – The Tongan International and Toulouse star is an outrageous talent at the raw age of 21. His Pace is phenomenal for his weight, turning him into a destructive ball carrier in the loose and in the tight.

A combined weight of 301 stone and 84 ft, this Team, despite losing or winning, would destroy any team it came up against. The collisions involved with these players are gigantic, but defiantly worth the ticket price.

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  1. What’s the myth about Opeti Fonua?

  2. his old club said he was 188 kg … which is 28 stone…

  3. there’s no team of monsters without Mamuka Gorgodze

  4. have you lost the plot? where is Mamuka Gorgodze?

  5. How the hell can you have “the most physical XV” without the world’s tallest Back? Where the hell is Matt Banahan? He’s 6ft 7in and weighs like 18 stone, still got pace to burn as well…

  6. Is this team supposed to be the heaviest/largest or the most physical? Physical players being players who make big tackles, devastating runs etc. and basically dominate the contact area. For me I would have:

    1. Logovi’i Mulipola

    2. Richard Hibbard

    3. Coenie Oosthuizen

    4. Samu Manoa

    5. Courtney Lawes/Bakkies Botha

    6. Sean O’Brien/Mamuka Gorgodze

    7. Alafoti Fa’osiliva

    8. Duane Vermuelen

    9. Mike Philips

    10. Francois Steyn

    11. Julian Savea

    12. Ma’a Nonu

    13. Manu Tuilagi

    14. Hosea Gear/George North

    15. Jamie Roberts/Israel Folau

    Although these massive guys do bump off quite a few guys smaller than themselves, I think there are much more physical players who are stronger and hit harder; particularly when compared to Toner who aside from his height is in no way more physical than Manoa, Lawes Botha, Gorgodze, Etzebeth to name a few

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