List of leading rugby union test try scorers

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This is a list of the leading try scorers in rugby union test matches. It includes players with a minimum of 30 test tries.

Top try scorers[edit]

Updated: 11 March 2017

Players who are still active at international level are in bold. Players who are active in rugby union at club level, but not at international level, are in italics.

Rank Caps Tries Tries
per cap
Player International team Position Ref
1 58 69 1.190 Daisuke Ohata  Japan Wing [1]
2 124 67 0.540 Bryan Habana  South Africa Wing [2]
3 101 64 0.634 David Campese  Australia Wing [3]
4 91 60 0.659 Shane Williams  Wales (58)
 British and Irish Lions (2)
Wing [4][5]
5 81 55 0.679 Hirotoki Onozawa  Japan Wing [6]
6 91 50 0.549 Rory Underwood  England (49)
 British and Irish Lions (1)
Wing [7]
7 62 49 0.790 Doug Howlett  New Zealand Wing [8]
8 141 47 0.333 Brian O'Driscoll  Ireland (46)
 British and Irish Lions (1)
Centre [9][10]
9 58 46 0.793 Christian Cullen  New Zealand Fullback [11]
= 68 46 0.676 Joe Rokocoko  New Zealand Wing [12]
11 51 45 0.882 Julian Savea  New Zealand Wing [13]
12 60 44 0.733 Jeff Wilson  New Zealand Wing / Fullback [14]
13 103 41 0.398 Gareth Thomas  Wales (40)
 British and Irish Lions (1)
Utility back [15][16]
14 78 40 0.513 Chris Latham  Australia Fullback [17]
15 93 38 0.409 Serge Blanco  France Fullback [18]
= 89 38 0.427 Joost van der Westhuizen  South Africa Scrum-half [19]
17 116 37 0.319 Adam Ashley-Cooper  Australia Centre / Wing [20]
= 63 37 0.587 Jonah Lomu  New Zealand Wing [21]
19 74 36 0.486 Tana Umaga  New Zealand Wing / Centre [22]
20 63 35 0.556 John Kirwan  New Zealand Wing [23]
21 67 34 0.507 Vincent Clerc  France Wing [24]
= 79 34 0.430 Ieuan Evans  Wales (33)
 British and Irish Lions (1)
Wing [25]
= 71 34 0.479 Drew Mitchell  Australia Wing [26]
= 100 34 0.340 Mils Muliaina  New Zealand Fullback
25 54 33 0.611 Diego Ormaechea  Uruguay Number Eight [27]
= 48 33 0.688 Sitiveni Sivivatu  Pacific Islanders (4)
 New Zealand (29)
Wing [28][29]
27 72 32 0.444 Jaque Fourie  South Africa Centre [30]
= 68 32 0.471 Takashi Kikutani  Japan Back-Row [31]
= 69 32 0.464 Philippe Saint-André  France Wing [32]
= 71 32 0.451 George North  Wales (30)
 British and Irish Lions (2)
Wing / Outside Centre
31 57 31 0.544 Ben Cohen  England Wing [33]
= 57 31 0.544 Will Greenwood  England (31)
 British and Irish Lions (0)
Centre [34][35]
= 73 31 0.425 Jeremy Guscott  England (30)
 British and Irish Lions (1)
Centre [36]
= 103 31 0.301 Ma'a Nonu  New Zealand Centre [37]
= 53 31 0.585 César Sempere  Spain Fullback [38]
36 72 30 0.417 Tommy Bowe  Ireland (30)
 British and Irish Lions (0)
Wing [39]
= 92 30 0.326 Catalin Fercu  Romania Fullback
= 103 30 0.291 Matt Giteau  Australia Centre [40]
= 80 30 0.375 Tim Horan  Australia Centre [41][42]
= 56 30 0.536 Jason Robinson  England (28)
 British and Irish Lions (2)
Wing / Fullback [43]
= 86 30 0.349 Joe Roff  Australia Wing [41]
= 111 30 0.270 Philippe Sella  France Centre [44]
= 67 30 0.448 Lote Tuqiri  Australia Wing / Centre [41]
Sources other than those already cited: [1].

Forwards with the most tries[edit]

Nearly all the top try scorers are backs, but some forwards have scored numerous tries. Here is a non-comprehensive list:[45]

Notes[edit]

  • ^a Sources differ as to the number of tries scored by Núñez Piossek. His national federation, the Argentine Rugby Union (UAR), credits him with 30 tries in 28 Tests. Scrum.com credits him with 29 tries in 28 Tests.[46] For the Pumas' Test against Chile on 25 April 2004 the UAR credits him with 3 tries[47] while Scrum.com credits him with only two.[46] Núñez Piossek also scored one try against the British and Irish Lions in 2005, but the UAR did not award test caps for this game, unlike the Home Unions.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statsguru / Player analysis / Daisuke Ohata / Test matches". Scrum.com. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
    Four of his caps and two of his tries came against A sides of top-tier nations.
  2. ^ "Statsguru / Player analysis / Bryan Habana / Test matches". Scrum.com. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  3. ^ "Wallabies Hall of Fame: David Campese". Australian Rugby Union. Archived from the original on 2007-10-05. Retrieved 2007-10-08. 
  4. ^ "Shane Williams". Welsh Rugby Union. Archived from the original on 2009-01-30. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  5. ^ "2005 Squad: Shane Williams". British & Irish LIons. Archived from the original on 2007-08-08. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  6. ^ "Statsguru / Player analysis / Hirotoki Onozawa / Test matches". Scrum.com. Retrieved 2012-05-12. 
    Onozawa has earned seven caps against national A sides to date, but did not score in any of those matches.
  7. ^ "Ohata breaks Campese try record". BBC Sport. 2006-05-14. Retrieved 2007-10-08. 
  8. ^ "Doug Howlett". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 2007-10-08. 
  9. ^ "Player Search: Brian O'Driscoll". Irish Rugby Football Union. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  10. ^ "Player Search: Brian O'Driscoll". British and Irish Lions. Retrieved 2008-10-26. 
  11. ^ Knight, Lindsay, New Zealand Rugby Museum. "Christian Cullen". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 2007-10-08. 
  12. ^ "Joe Rokocoko". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  13. ^ "Julian Savea List of tries". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 2014-11-22. 
  14. ^ Knight, Lindsay, New Zealand Rugby Museum. "Jeff Wilson". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 2007-10-08. 
  15. ^ "Gareth Thomas". Welsh Rugby Union. Retrieved 2007-10-08. 
  16. ^ "Gareth Thomas". British & Irish Lions. Archived from the original on 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2007-10-08. 
  17. ^ "Player Profiles: Chris Latham". Australian Rugby Union. Archived from the original on 2007-09-01. Retrieved 2007-10-08. 
  18. ^ "XV de France: Records" (in French). French Rugby Federation. Archived from the original on 2013-07-08. Retrieved 2007-10-08. 
  19. ^ "Profiles: Joost van der Westhuizen". South African Rugby Union. Archived from the original on 2008-01-17. Retrieved 2007-10-08. 
  20. ^ "Adam Ashley-Cooper try list". Scrum.com. Retrieved 2014-11-15. 
  21. ^ Knight, Lindsay, New Zealand Rugby Museum. "Jonah Lomu". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 2007-10-08. 
  22. ^ Knight, Lindsay, New Zealand Rugby Museum. "Tana Umaga". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 2007-10-08. 
  23. ^ Knight, Lindsay, New Zealand Rugby Museum. "John Kirwan". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 2007-10-08. 
  24. ^ "Statsguru / Player analysis / Vincent Clerc / Test matches". Scrum.com. Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  25. ^ "Ieuan Evans". International Rugby Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2012-09-09. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  26. ^ "Statsguru / Player analysis / Drew Mitchell / Test matches". Scrum.com. Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  27. ^ "Diego Ormaechea try list". ESPN. Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
  28. ^ "Sitiveni Sivivatu". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 2009-11-29. 
  29. ^ "Statsguru / Player analysis / Sitiveni Sivivatu / Test matches". Scrum.com. Retrieved 2009-11-29. 
  30. ^ "Statsguru / Player analysis / Jaque Fourie / Test matches". Scrum.com. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  31. ^ "Statsguru / Player analysis / Takashi Kikutani / Test matches". Scrum.com. Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
  32. ^ "Tous les joueurs - SAINT ANDRE Philippe" (in French). French Rugby Federation. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  33. ^ "Statsguru / Player analysis / Ben Cohen / Test matches". Scrum.com. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
  34. ^ "World Cup star Greenwood to quit". BBC Sport. 2006-03-04. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  35. ^ "Will Greenwood". British & Irish Lions. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  36. ^ "Statsguru / Player analysis / Jerry Guscott / Test matches". Scrum.com. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
  37. ^ Ma'a Nonu try figures
  38. ^ "César Sempere try figures". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  39. ^ "Tommy Bowe try figures". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 2015-09-27. 
  40. ^ "Matt Giteau try figures". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 2015-10-05. 
  41. ^ a b c "Wallaby Statistics: Australia's Top Tens". Australian Rugby Union. 2008-09-19. Retrieved 2010-05-16. 
  42. ^ "Statsguru / Player analysis / Tim Horan / Test matches". Scrum.com. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  43. ^ "Jason Robinson MBE England Profile". England Rugby. 2007-12-01. Archived from the original on 2008-04-12. Retrieved 2008-04-12. 
  44. ^ "Philippe Sella". International Rugby Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  45. ^ "Statsguru / Test matches / Player records (ordered by total tries scored)". Scrum.com. Retrieved 2011-03-13. 
  46. ^ a b "Statsguru / Player analysis / Jose Nunez Piossek / Test matches". Scrum.com. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  47. ^ "NUÑEZ PIOSSEK JOSE MARIA" (in Spanish). Argentine Rugby Union. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 

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