Who is the tallest player in the Six Nations?

Size isn’t everything in rugby, but for this forward pack, it matters most

These are the greatest men to ever play the game

Note: We have used the highest recorded weight during gameplay

Some players have fluctuated in weight throughout their careers

1 WillGriff John (Wales) – 140kg2

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There are massive men competing in the Six Nations, so we’ve put together a list of this season’s biggest heavyweights with the help of Opta

Lots of big men: The Welsh and French hordes fall (Getty Images)

Who is the heaviest player in the Six Nations?

Ahead of the first Six Nations match of the year, which saw France face Wales, the hosts named a group of forwards dubbed the “heaviest squad in history”

Which got us thinking – who is the heaviest player according to official statistics?

So we asked our friends at Opta, who track this kind of thing

They provided us with this table below of the current heavyweight teams


Swim Atonio

Harry Williams

Thomas Francis






Mathieu Bastareaud

John Ryan












It’s no surprise that giant La Rochelle prop Uini Atonio tops the list

Next down is England’s Harry Williams – Exeter teammate Tomas Francis is just a few kilos behind

Second on the list: England’s Harry Williams (Getty Images)

It’s an attacking talent that includes little Mathieu Bastareaud

You might be surprised not to see Mako Vunipola or Tadhg Furlong in there, but according to Opta they’ve trimmed a few clicks recently (Furlong was 119kg in the fixture against England on Saturday)

There are sure to be a few fan favorites on that extensive list of players

But what about the average team weight?



England average

Irish average

Welsh average

French average

Scottish average

Italian average

England is on top, Italy is at the bottom

Who knows, maybe this is what the final Six Nations table will look like too…

Surprised France isn’t at the top of this list?

Turns out they come in more shapes and sizes than you thought

It seems that England has just a little more power

Thanks to Opta for the statistics

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