The UK certainly cannot claim to produce all of the best players in the history of rugby, either rugby league or rugby union, but it has more than its share of them. British rugby players, born or naturalised, made their mark in statistics and team records. Both on the club level and in international play, rugby players from Wales, England and Scotland etched their names in legend, putting their bodies on the line in the sport called "a hooligan's sport played by gentlemen."
Wales certainly has a history of feverish love of rugby, and this is born out in its long roll of fabulous rugby stars. From hometown boys who played in their local clubs to international stars, the number of Welsh names in the rugby hall of fame is startling. That said, the rest of the UK certainly produced other stars known just as well for their aggression, discipline and teamwork. The year 2003 saw England triumphant and made many English rugby players famous stars of the game.
Names are often spoken, faces are often seen, but these two things do not always go together. The familiar name and the familiar face may not connect for everyone, and thus many stars of rugby still go through life in relative anonymity. Could you put the name to the face? Now is the time to find out.