LIST: The Six biggest rugby players ever – in terms of weight

Winning the World Cup may seem like a tall order for some sides but what if “tall” is the order of the day?

As part of our build-up to the Rugby World Cup in Japan RUCK Finds the six tallest rugby players EVER!

These men are giants above all opponents if they play in the 2020 Autumn Nations Cup and maybe two.

6. Richie Gray (207cm, 6ft 8in)

The only British and Irish Lion to feature on this list, Gray has been one of the top locks in northern hemisphere rugby this decade after joining Glasgow Warriors.

After making his debut in 2008 for the Scotstoun outfit, Gray became a first-team regular in the 2010/11 season when he was named in the Celtic League (PRO12) Team of the Year in a fruitless season for Glasgow .

Moves to Sale Sharks, Castres and Toulouse followed to see Gray feature on the international scene alongside his younger brother Jonny – who didn’t measure up at 9cm shorter than his older sibling.

5. Rory Arnold (208cm, 6ft 8in)

Australia tend to encourage height as much as mobility when it comes to their second row, but the three players listed don’t quite measure up to Arnold’s height despite being over 200cm.



1. Richard Metcalfe (213cm, 7ft 00in)

The only player on this list who is 7’0″ or taller, Scotland’s Richie Metcalfe is truly a giant of rugby and will be familiar to Newcastle Falcons and Northampton Saints supporters.

The Leeds-born lock played 13 times for Scotland and is not only known for being rugby’s tallest player but also the player dropped on the substitutes’ bench for Northampton’s triumphant Heineken Cup final win in 2000.

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