There are some players who transcend rivalries, and have seemingly become a fan favourite the world over. Here are fifteen such chaps;
The Japanese fly half became the overnight star of the World Cup after his side’s victory over South Africa, and is now revered across the rugby playing world.
The American sevens speedster became an overnight sensation, and has been wowing crowds ever since with his amazing pace.
They don’t come much classier that Smith who appears to have remained completely level headed despite the incredible success he has enjoyed.
12.Jean de Villiers
Talking of true gents of the game, it’s hard not to mention de Villiers who has remained a true pro despite suffering some horrific injuries in his twilight years.
This one we don’t even have to explain. If there’s any bloke to want to concede a meat pie to, it’s definitely the Honey Badger.
The former England fly half continues to astound critics by continuing to play in the 10 shirt despite looking more out of shape than most props.
The constantly beaming Japanese and Highlanders scrum half, Tanaka has become an icon in New Zealand despite playing second fiddle to Aaron Smith.
Parisse has remained the face of Italian rugby since taking over as captain, and has single handedly been responsible for much of their success in recent years.
He might be the scourge of most teams, but off the pitch Pocock is a huge advocate of social change and has done an incredible amount for good causes.
You just have to admire a guy who would snap you in two at the first opportunity, but do so face first with a huge grin.
The American lock was only picked up professionally at 26 after a YouTube clip of him did the rounds, and he has remained humbler ever since.
4.Alun Wyn Jones
The Welsh lock has quietly gone about becoming one of the very best around, and has become a fan favourite the world round.
He was the dominant tighthead in the world for many years, but is just as happy now sharing his sweets on the bench at Quins.
It’s hard to find a hooker that anyone likes, however Best seems to have reached a stage where he is widely respected across the rugby playing world.
Just listen to the chants of ‘beast’ every time he gets his hands on the ball (and not just from Springbok fans).