They may be twice your size, but you definitely wouldn’t feel too intimidated when lining up opposite this ‘Nice Guys’ XV…

15.Leigh Halfpenny

Never hear anyone say a bad word about him.

14.George North

A giant of a man but always seems up for a laugh.

13.Conrad Smith

One of modern rugby’s greats both on and off the pitch.

12.Jean de Villiers

A fearsome competitor but always seems like an all round nice guy.

11.Nick Cummins

A laugh a minute thanks to the Honey Badger’s one liners.


10.Dan Carter

Possibly the best player of all time, and an all round top bloke.

9.Nikola Matawalu

Always plays with a huge grin on his face.

8.Ben Morgan

A huge ball carrier who seems as soft as they come off the pitch.

7.Sam Warburton

Comes across as one of the nicest, down to earth players in the game.

6.Kelly Brown

Despite being overlooked for Scotland, always remains respectful.


5.Devin Toner

No idea why, but he seems like a gentle giant.

4.Joe Launchbury

Just about the politest man in world rugby.

3.Adam Jones

Looks more like a teddy bear than a rugby player.

2.Schalk Brits

Seems impossible to knock the smile off his face.

1.Marcos Ayerza

Far too nice to be one of the world’s best scrummagers.