List of rugby union Test caps leaders

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This is a list of the all-time leaders for caps in men's rugby union Test matches, with a minimum of 90 confirmed Test caps. Unlike in cricket, where both countries must grant Test status for a match to be considered a Test, rugby union requires only one nation to recognise a match as a Test in order for it to be included in Test statistics for that nation. The British and Irish Lions and Pacific Islanders do not represent one specific nation, but are also considered Test teams because they are selected by a group of recognised national unions. Some nations have sometimes granted Test caps for matches against teams such as the invitational Barbarians side; these are included only if the player's nation actually granted a Test cap for a particular match.

Players who are still active at international level, or who have not yet announced international retirement, are in bold. Players who are still active at club level but have either retired from international rugby or have not been selected for their national team for a year or more are in italics.

List[edit]

Last updated: 23 March 2014

Rank Caps Player International team First/Latest appearance Primary position Source(s)
1 141 Brian O'Driscoll  Ireland (133)
British and Irish Lions (8)
1999–2014 Centre [1][2]
2 139 George Gregan  Australia 1994–2007 Scrum-half [3][4]
3 130 Ronan O'Gara  Ireland (128)
British and Irish Lions (2)
2000–2013 Fly-half [5]
4 124 Richie McCaw  New Zealand 2001– Flanker [6]
5 119 Jason Leonard  England (114)
British and Irish Lions (5)
1990–2004 Prop [7]
6 118 Fabien Pelous  France 1995–2007 Lock [8]
7 116 Nathan Sharpe  Australia 2002–2012 Lock [9]
8 111 Philippe Sella  France 1982–1995 Centre [10]
= 111 John Smit  South Africa 2000–2011 Hooker[11] [12]
= 111 George Smith  Australia 2000–2013 Flanker [13][14]
11 110 Gethin Jenkins  Wales (105)
British and Irish Lions (5)
2002– Prop

[15]

= 110 Stephen Jones  Wales (104)
British and Irish Lions (6)
1998–2011 Fly-half [16]
= 110 Victor Matfield  South Africa 2001–2011 Lock [17]
= 110 Keven Mealamu  New Zealand 2002– Hooker [18]
= 109 Chris Paterson  Scotland 1999–2011 Utility back [19]
16 107 John Hayes  Ireland (105)
British and Irish Lions (2)
2000–2011 Prop [20][21]
= 107 Tony Woodcock  New Zealand 2002– Prop [22]
18 105 Martin Castrogiovanni  Italy 2002– Prop [23]
= 105 Sergio Parisse  Italy 2002– Number 8 [24]
20 104 Marco Bortolami  Italy 2001– Lock [25]
= 104 Martyn Williams  Wales (100)
British and Irish Lions (4)
1996–2012 Flanker [26]
22 103 Andrea Lo Cicero Vaina  Italy 2000–2013 Prop [27]
= 103 Gareth Thomas  Wales (100)
British and Irish Lions (3)
1995–2007 Utility back [28][29]
24 102 Stephen Larkham  Australia 1996–2007 Fly-half [3][30]
= 102 Percy Montgomery  South Africa 1997–2008 Fullback [31]
26 101 David Campese  Australia 1982–1996 Wing [32]
= 101 Alessandro Troncon  Italy 1994–2007 Scrum-half [3][33]
28 100 Dan Carter  New Zealand 2003– Fly-half [34]
= 100 Mils Muliaina  New Zealand 2003–2011 Fullback [35]
30 99 Adam Jones  Wales (94)
British and Irish Lions (5)
2002– Prop [36]
= 99 Paul O'Connell  Ireland (90)
British and Irish Lions (7)
2002– Lock [37]
32 98 Raphaël Ibañez  France 1996–2007 Hooker [38]
= 98 Donncha O'Callaghan  Ireland (94)
British and Irish Lions (4)
2003– Lock [39]
= 98 Peter Stringer  Ireland 2000–2011 Scrum-half [40]
35 97 Mauro Bergamasco  Italy 1998– Flanker [41]
= 97 Jonny Wilkinson  England (91)
British and Irish Lions (6)
1998–2011 Fly-half [42]
37 96 Colin Charvis  Wales (94)
British and Irish Lions (2)
1996–2007 Flanker [43]
= 96 Jean de Villiers  South Africa 2004– Centre [44]
39 95 Bryan Habana  South Africa 2002– Wing [45]
40 93 Serge Blanco  France 1980–1991 Fullback [46]
41 93 Vasco Uva  Portugal 2003– Flanker [47]
42 92 Sean Fitzpatrick  New Zealand 1986–1997 Hooker [48]
= 92 Matt Giteau  Australia 2002–2011 Fly-half [49]
= 92 Martin Johnson  England (84)
British and Irish Lions (8)
1993–2003 Lock [50][51]
= 92 Gareth Llewellyn  Wales 1989–2005 Lock [52]
= 92 Malcolm O'Kelly  Ireland 1997–2009 Lock [48]
= 92 Cristian Petre  Romania 2001–2012 Lock [53]
48 91 Adam Ashley-Cooper  Australia 2005– Centre [54]
= 91 Neil Jenkins  Wales (87)
British and Irish Lions (4)
1990–2003 Fly-half [55]
= 91 Stephen Moore  Australia 2005– Hooker [56]
= 91 Rory Underwood  England (85)
British Lions (6)
1984–1996 Wing [57]
= 91 Shane Williams  Wales (87)
British and Irish Lions (4)
2000–2011 Wing [58]
53 90 Mike Phillips  Wales (85)
British and Irish Lions (5)
2003– Scrum-half [59]

Notes

Of the players known to have earned 90 or more caps, only five (Philippe Sella, David Campese, Serge Blanco, Sean Fitzpatrick, and Rory Underwood) were primarily active in the sport's amateur era. (On August 26, 1995 the sport's governing body, the International Rugby Board, declared the game "open" to professionalism.[60]) Only Blanco and Sella played Tests exclusively in the amateur era.

  • Although the official site of the French Rugby Federation lists Olivier Magne with 90 caps, this is apparently in error. One of his Test appearances, a 1999 match against Wales, is counted twice in the list.[61]

Active players nearing 90 test caps[edit]

Below is a secondary list limited to players currently active or are yet to announce their retirement at Test level, with at least 80 caps.

89 caps

88 caps

87 caps

  • NA

86 caps

85 caps

84 caps

83 caps

82 caps

81 caps

80 caps

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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