The 5 Best Rugby Wingers Of All Time, Ranked

Here we pick our top five best rugby wingers of all time. We’ve used a number of stats to quantify our rankings, as well as a player’s overall contribution to the game. So who makes it into our top five?

All stats come from ESPN.com and are correct as of the publication date.

Honorable mentions: Doug Howlett (New Zealand), Rory Underwood (England), Ieuan Evans (Wales), Jeff Wilson (New Zealand)

5 Best Rugby Wingers Of All Time

#5. Jason Robinson (England)

Playing as a wing or fullback, the 2003 World Cup-winner won 51 rugby union international caps for England and is the first black man to captain the England team. Throughout his career Robinson was noted for his speed and acceleration, side-step and ability to beat defenders.

Sir Ian McGeechan said: “He made such an impact on the game when moving from rugby league. He had dazzling feet that meant he so often beat the first defender and, like most top wingers, you could play off him as well as him being such a devastating finisher.”

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