Let’s face it, rugby has become a land of giants. Despite this there are still a few ‘little men’ in the game who continue to prosper using their speed and skill to outwit their much larger opponents. Here are our current top 7 ‘little men’ of rugby;

7. David Lemi

The little Samoan flyer seems to have been around for an eternity. Hailing from a nation famed for it’s giant rugby players Lemi has bucked the trend and become one of rugby’s most prolific try scorers.


6. Matthew Morgan

Young Welshman Matthew Morgan looks like one-to-watch for the future. Combining pace and guile with an impressive playmaking ability he could become a top class fly-half.

5. Carlin Isles

Isles may have struggled to make the transition into the XV-a-side game, however on the sevens scene he is absolutely devastating. Dubbed ‘the fastest man in rugby’ he certainly lives up to his reputation.

4. Christian Wade

Wade has been unfortunate to have suffered a series of injury setbacks over the last 12 months, however when fully fit Wade has an unparalleled ability to find space where seemingly there is none.


3. Cheslin Kolbe

At just 20 years of age Kolbe has years ahead of him to make his mark on rugby, however he has already become an internet sensation as he displayed his incredible step during the Currie Cup.

2. Kyle Eastmond

The league convert may still draw criticism for weak defensive displays but there are few more devastating with ball in hand. Eastmond uses his low centre of gravity to brilliant effect.

1. Gio Aplon

In a Springbok squad dominated by giants, Aplon stands out as one of the few with a genuine spark who can create a bit of magic out of nothing. Since Shane Williams retirement Aplon has claimed the crown of ‘Little Man’ of rugby.


Who do you think is rugby’s best ‘little man’?