We take a look at 10 rugby players that fans simply seem to love to hate, no matter what they do…

1.Dylan Hartley

Swearing at referee’s, involving himself in scraps and eye gouging accusations have all led to Dylan Hartley becoming one of the most vilified rugby players of the modern era.

2.James O’Connor

O’Connor finally seems to be getting his act together, however it’s going to take some doing to put his past wrong-doing behind him.

3.Gavin Henson

Things have been quiet on the Henson front recently, however struggling to get on with teammates and a rugby sabbatical for reality TV put Henson in the most hated list.

4.Richie McCaw

Unlike the players so far on this list, McCaw is actually a great ambassador for the game, but it’s because he is so good at what he does that makes him such a hated player.

5.Yoann Huget

Huget’s recent pathetic theatrics have turned launched him into rugby’s most hated list of late, and is unlikely to be forgotten anytime soon.


6.Chris Ashton

It seems even when Ashton is keeping quiet he upsets fans as his audacious swan dives have earned him plenty of detractors.

7.Bakkies Botha

Much like McCaw, Botha is mainly on this list because he’s so damn good, although a few controversial incidents certainly haven’t helped his reputation.

8.Sam Warburton

Warburton is on his way to restoring his reputation, however in 2013 he became a figure of public hate after being selected as captain of the Lions.

9.Schalk Burger

Burger is another player who likes to play on the very edge of the laws and has been somewhat vilified after a few more than controversial moments.

10.Quade Cooper

Whether it be baiting Richie McCaw or openly criticising the Wallabies coaching staff, it’s not difficult to see why fans have taken a disliking to Cooper.

Who do you think is the most hated rugby player right now?