We take a look at the biggest players from the World’s top leagues and put together a team based on the biggest most powerful players in rugby…

15. Josh Matavesi

6’1″ 112kg

The Ospreys utility back is capable of slotting in across the back line for both club and country (Fiji).

14. Giovanbattista Venditti

6’2″ 111kg

The Italian winger has brought some impressive physicality out wide for the Azzurri and for Zebre in the Pro12.

13. Mathieu Basteraud

6’1″ 120kg

Basteraud may look more like a prop than a centre, however give him the ball and some space to run into and he can be truly devastating.

12. Nemani Nadolo

6’4″ 125kg

The Crusaders and Fijian winger/centre Nemani Nadolo is also capable of playing in the centres and is a huge presence for both sides.

11. Alesana Tuilagi

6’1″ 121kg

The giant Samoan is still bringing his physicality to the Premiership for Newcastle Falcons, using his considerable size to great effect.


10. Kelly Haimona

6’1″ 114kg

The Italian and Zebre fly-half wouldn’t be amiss in the back row such is his size, that he uses to great effect for both club and country.

9. Mike Phillips

6’3″ 104kg

The Welsh scrum-half may have slightly fallen out of favour with his national side of late, but still brings immense physicality from 9.

1. Soane Tonga’uiha

6’3″ 131kg

The Tongan prop may initially have struggled to adapt to the Top 14, however since moving to Oyonnax he has had chance to show his power.

2. Chris Tolofua

6’0″ 117kg

Another giant French forward at Toulouse who will be hoping to break back into the French starting XV ahead of the World Cup.

3. Uini Atonio

6’6″ 152kg

The French prop is so big that they had to make his test jersey specifically for him just so it would fit when he made his debut for France.


4. Cameron Skelton

6’8″ 153kg

Technically the ‘little brother’ of Wallabies second row Will, the giant Australian signed for the Chiefs ahead of this season.

5. Will Skelton

6’8″ 140kg

The giant Australian second row may not quite have the fitness to start at test level yet, but he certainly has the physicality to compete.

6. Opeti Fonua

6’6″ 148kg

Having spent time in the French Top 14, Fonua is now throwing his considerable bulk around in the Premiership for London Welsh.

7. Jone Qovu

6’5″ 134kg

The giant Fijian is currently bringing his power to the Top 14 for La Rochelle as they look to retain their place in the league.

8. Edwin Maka

6’5″ 142kg

The giant Toulouse back rower is still only 21 so could still get even bigger as he develops in the French Top 14.