First ever objective list of the top rugby greats! March 14 2014

As part of our '142 Years of Test Match Rugby History' project we developed a method to calculate an objective measure of success for every player in the top 8 teams - see here for details of how we did that! Below is a list of the top 100 for the All Blacks and Springboks. We're still finalising the lists for the other 6 teams so keep checking back here. If you love it tell us. If you hate it tell us anyway or sign up for updates below and we'll let you know as soon as the others are posted.

 

Top 100 All Blacks

1.  Richie McCaw - 2000's
2.  Daniel Carter - 2000's
3.  Wilson Whineray - 1950's
4.  Sean Fitzpatrick - 1980's
5.  Colin Meads - 1950's
6.  Grant Fox - 1980's
7.  Don Clarke - 1950's
8.  Ian Kirkpatrick - 1960's
9.  John Kirwan - 1980's
10.  Jonah Lomu - 1990's
11.  Andrew Mehrtens - 1990's
12.  Brian Lochore - 1960's
13.  Michael Jones - 1980's
14.  Graham Mourie - 1970's
15.  Gary Whetton - 1980's
16.  Bryan Williams - 1970's
17.  Kel Tremain - 1950's
18.  Tana Umaga - 1990's
19.  Keven Mealamu - 2000's
20.  Ian Jones - 1980's
21.  Mils Muliaina - 2000's
22.  Andy Dalton - 1970's
23.  Ian Clarke - 1950's
24.  Tony Woodcock - 2000's
25.  Justin Marshall - 1990's
26.  Dave Gallaher - 1900's
27.  Billy Wallace - 1900's
28.  Sid Going - 1960's
29.  David Kirk - 1980's
30.  Jeff Wilson - 1990's
31.  Ma'a Nonu - 2000's
32.  Andy Haden - 1970's
33.  Tiny White - 1950's
34.  Christian Cullen - 1990's
35.  Bob Scott - 1940's
36.  Zinzan Brooke - 1980's
37.  Doug Howlett - 2000's
38.  Taine Randell - 1990's
39.  Fred Allen - 1940's
40.  Steve McDowall - 1980's
41.  Andrew Hore - 2000's
42.  Tane Norton - 1970's
43.  Stu Wilson - 1970's
44.  Gary Knight - 1980's
45.  Murray Mexted - 1970's
46.  Richard Loe - 1980's
47.  Joe Rokocoko - 2000's
48.  Bruce Robertson - 1970's
49.  Frank Bunce - 1990's
50.  Alan Whetton - 1980's
51.  Ron Jarden   - 1950's
52.  Conrad Smith - 2000's
53.  Fergie McCormick - 1960's
54.  George Nepia - 1920's
55.  Kevin Skinner - 1940's
56.  Robin Brooke - 1990's
57.  Ali Williams - 2000's
58.  Bruce McLeod - 1960's
59.  Ken Gray - 1960's
60.  Anton Oliver - 1990's
61.  Piri Weepu - 2000's
62.  Craig Dowd - 1990's
63.  Allan Hewson - 1970's
64.  Olo Brown - 1990's
65.  Reuben Thorne - 1990's
66.  Chris Jack - 2000's
67.  Wayne Shelford - 1980's
68.  David Graham -  1950's
69.  Nev MacEwan - 1950's
70.  Mark Shaw - 1980's
71.  Walter Little - 1980's
72.  Greg Somerville - 2000's
73.  Leon MacDonald - 2000's
74.  Josh Kronfeld - 1990's
75.  Jimmy Hunter - 1900's
76.  Ronald Hemi - 1950's
77.  Kieran Read - 2000's
78.  Ross Brown - 1950's
79.  Dennis Young - 1950's
80.  Billy Stead - 1900's
81.  Rodney So'oialo - 2000's
82.  Terry Wright - 1980's
83.  Dave Loveridge - 1970's
84.  Byron Kelleher - 1990's
85.  Marcus Nicholls - 1920's
86.  Chris Laidlaw - 1960's
87.  Andy Leslie - 1970's
88.  Ronald King - 1930's
89.  Charles Seeling - 1900's
90.  Carlos Spencer - 1990's
91.  Warwick Taylor - 1980's
92.  Ian MacRae - 1960's
93.  Joe Karam - 1970's
94.  Joe Stanley - 1980's
95.  Murray Pierce - 1980's
96.  Brad Thorn - 2000's
97.  George Hart - 1930's
98.  Aaron Mauger - 2000's
99.  Frederick Roberts - 1900's
100.  Pat Walsh - 1950's

 

Top 100 Springboks

1.  John Smit - 2000's
2.  Percy Montgomery - 1990's
3.  Naas Botha - 1980's
4.  Joost van der Westhuizen - 1990's
5.  Victor Matfield - 2000's
6.  Jean de Villiers - 2000's
7.  Bryan Habana - 2000's
8.  Morné Steyn - 2000's
9.  Morné du Plessis - 1970's
10.  Hannes Marais - 1960's
11.  Jan Ellis - 1960's
12.  Johan Claassen - 1950's
13.  Frik du Preez - 1960's
14.  Bennie Osler - 1920's
15.  Dawie de Villiers - 1960's
16.  Mark Andrews - 1990's
17.  Hennie Muller - 1940's
18.  John Gainsford - 1960's
19.  Danie Gerber - 1980's
20.  Jaque Fourie - 2000's
21.  Chris Koch - 1940's
22.  Jannie Engelbrecht - 1960's
23.  Piet Visagie - 1960's
24.  Ruan Pienaar - 2000's
25.  Piet Greyling - 1960's
26.  Theuns Stofberg - 1970's
27.  Os du Randt - 1990's
28.  Phil Nel - 1920's
29.  Gerry Brand - 1920's
30.  Salty du Rand - 1940's
31.  Fourie du Preez - 2000's
32.  Louis Moolman - 1970's
33.  James Small - 1990's
34.  Breyton Paulse - 1990's
35.  Phil Mostert - 1920's
36.  Boy Louw - 1920's
37.  Danie Craven - 1930's
38.  Ferdie Bergh - 1930's
39.  Fanie Louw - 1930's
40.  Keith Oxlee - 1960's
41.  Syd Nomis - 1960's
42.  André Venter - 1990's
43.  CJ van der Linde - 2000's
44.  Juan Smith - 2000's
45.  Schalk Burger - 2000's
46.  Dougie Morkel - 1900's
47.  Boy Morkel - 1910's
48.  Lionel Wilson - 1960's
49.  Tommy Bedford - 1960's
50.  Johan Heunis - 1980's
51.  Francois Pienaar - 1990's
52.  Gary Teichmann - 1990's
53.  Danie Rossouw - 2000's
54.  Doug Hopwood - 1960's
55.  Dawie Snyman - 1970's
56.  Mannetjies Roux - 1960's
57.  Gerrie Germishuys - 1970's
58.  Francois Steyn - 2000's
59.  Bismarck du Plessis - 2000's
60.  Stephen Fry - 1950's
61.  Gerald Bosch - 1970's
62.  Carel du Plessis - 1980's
63.  Moaner van Heerden - 1970's
64.  Divan Serfontein - 1980's
65.  JP Pietersen - 2000's
66.  Pierre Spies - 2000's
67.  Tendai Mtawarira - 2000's
68.  Hannes Brewis - 1940's
69.  Ryk van Schoor - 1940's
70.  Ray Mordt - 1980's
71.  André Joubert - 1980's
72.  Bobby Skinstad - 1990's
73.  Joe van Niekerk - 2000's
74.  Gürthro Steenkamp - 2000's
75.  Jannie du Plessis - 2000's
76.  Tjol Lategan - 1940's
77.  Rob Louw - 1980's
78.  Joel Stransky - 1990's
79.  James Dalton - 1990's
80.  Pieter Rossouw - 1990's
81.  Basie van Wyk - 1950's
82.  Abie Malan - 1950's
83.  Avril Malan - 1960's
84.  Mof Myburgh - 1960's
85.  Henry Honiball - 1990's
86.  Albert van den Berg - 1990's
87.  Butch James - 2000's
88.  Gerhard Morkel - 1910's
89.  Johnny Buchler - 1950's
90.  Jaap Bekker - 1950's
91.  Hugo van Zyl - 1950's
92.  Hennie van Zyl - 1960's
93.  Fanie Kuhn - 1960's
94.  Piston van Wyk - 1970's
95.  Niek Bezuidenhout - 1970's
96.  Robert Cockrell - 1970's
97.  Pieter Muller - 1990's
98.  Stefan Terblanche - 1990's
99.  Enrico Januarie - 2000's
100.  Okey Geffin - 1940's