List of rugby union test caps leaders

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This is a list of the leaders for caps in 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: 10 November 2018

Rank Caps Player International team First/Latest
appearance
Primary
position
Ref
1 148 Richie McCaw  New Zealand 2001–2015 Flanker [1]
2 141 Brian O'Driscoll  Ireland (133)
British and Irish Lions (8)
1999–2014 Centre [2][3]
3 139 George Gregan  Australia 1994–2007 Scrum-half [4][5]
4 134 Gethin Jenkins  Wales (129)
British and Irish Lions (5)
2002–2018 Prop [6]
= 134 Sergio Parisse  Italy 2002– Number 8 [7]
6 132 Keven Mealamu  New Zealand 2002–2015 Hooker [8]
7 130 Ronan O'Gara  Ireland (128)
British and Irish Lions (2)
2000–2013 Fly-half [9]
8 129 Stephen Moore  Australia 2005–2017 Hooker
9 128 Alun Wyn Jones  Wales (119)
British and Irish Lions (9)
2006– Lock [10]
10 127 Victor Matfield  South Africa 2001–2015 Lock [11]
11 124 Bryan Habana  South Africa 2004–2016 Wing [12]
12 119 Martin Castrogiovanni  Italy 2002–2016 Prop [13]
= 119 Jason Leonard  England (114)
British and Irish Lions (5)
1990–2004 Prop [14]
14 118 Fabien Pelous  France 1995–2007 Lock [15]
= 118 Tony Woodcock  New Zealand 2002–2015 Prop [16]
16 116 Adam Ashley-Cooper  Australia 2005–2016 Centre / Wing [17]
= 116 Kieran Read  New Zealand 2008– Number 8
= 116 Nathan Sharpe  Australia 2002–2012 Lock [18]
19 115 Paul O'Connell  Ireland (108)
British and Irish Lions (7)
2002–2015 Lock [19]
20 114 Merab Kvirikashvili  Georgia 2003– Fullback
21 112 Rory Best  Ireland 2005– Hooker [20]
= 112 Marco Bortolami  Italy 2001–2015 Lock [21]
= 112 Dan Carter  New Zealand 2003–2015 Fly-half [22]
= 112 Davit Kacharava  Georgia 2006– Centre
= 112 Florin Vlaicu  Romania 2006– Centre
26 111 Ross Ford  Scotland (110)
British and Irish Lions (1)
2004– Hooker [23]
= 111 Philippe Sella  France 1982–1995 Centre [24]
= 111 John Smit  South Africa 2000–2011 Hooker[25] [26]
= 111 George Smith  Australia 2000–2013 Flanker [27][28]
30 110 Stephen Jones  Wales (104)
British and Irish Lions (6)
1998–2011 Fly-half [29]
31 109 Jean de Villiers  South Africa 2004–2015 Centre [30]
= 109 Chris Paterson  Scotland 1999–2011 Full-back [31]
33 107 John Hayes  Ireland (105)
British and Irish Lions (2)
2000–2011 Prop [32][33]
= 107 Tendai Mtawarira  South Africa 2008– Prop
= 107 Sam Whitelock  New Zealand 2010– Lock
= 107 Alessandro Zanni  Italy 2005– Flanker [34]
37 106 Mauro Bergamasco  Italy 1998–2015 Flanker [35]
38 105 Owen Franks  New Zealand 2009– Prop
= 105 Sean Lamont  Scotland 2004–2016 Wing [36]
40 104 Cătălin Fercu  Romania 2005– Fullback
= 104 Martyn Williams  Wales (100)
British and Irish Lions (4)
1996–2012 Flanker [37]
42 103 Matt Giteau  Australia 2002–2016 Fly-half [38]
= 103 Andrea Lo Cicero Vaina  Italy 2000–2013 Prop [39]
= 103 Ma'a Nonu  New Zealand 2003–2015 Centre [40]
= 103 Gareth Thomas  Wales (100)
British and Irish Lions (3)
1995–2007 Utility back [41][42]
46 102 Stephen Larkham  Australia 1996–2007 Fly-half [4][43]
= 102 Percy Montgomery  South Africa 1997–2008 Fullback [44]
48 101 David Campese  Australia 1982–1996 Wing [45]
= 101 Sekope Kepu  Australia 2008– Prop
= 101 Alessandro Troncon  Italy 1994–2007 Scrum-half [4][46]
= 101 Gonçalo Uva  Portugal 2004– Lock
= 101 Vasco Uva  Portugal 2003–2016 Flanker [47]
53 100 Giorgi Chkhaidze  Georgia 2002– Number 8
= 100 Jamie Heaslip  Ireland (95)
British and Irish Lions (5)
2006–2017 Number 8
= 100 Adam Jones  Wales (95)
British and Irish Lions (5)
2002–2014 Prop [48]
= 100 Yuri Kushnarev  Russia 2005– Fullback
= 100 Mils Muliaina  New Zealand 2003–2011 Fullback [49]
58 99 Mike Phillips  Wales (94)
British and Irish Lions (5)
2003–2015 Scrum-half [50]
59 98 Valentin Calafeteanu  Romania 2004– Scrum-half
= 98 Will Genia  Australia 2009– Scrum-half
= 98 Raphaël Ibañez  France 1996–2007 Hooker [51]
= 98 Donncha O'Callaghan  Ireland (94)
British and Irish Lions (4)
2003–2013 Lock [52]
= 98 Hitoshi Ono  Japan 2004-2016 Lock [53]
= 98 Peter Stringer  Ireland 2000–2011 Scrum-half [54]
65 97 Leonardo Ghiraldini  Italy 2006– Hooker
= 97 Victor Gresev  Russia 2006– Flanker
= 97 Jamie Roberts  Wales (94)
British and Irish Lions (3)
2008– Centre
= 97 Jonny Wilkinson  England (91)
British and Irish Lions (6)
1998–2011 Fly-half [55]
69 96 Colin Charvis  Wales (94)
British and Irish Lions (2)
1996–2007 Flanker [56]
70 95 Dylan Hartley  England 2008– Hooker
= 95 Andrea Masi  Italy 1999–2015 Centre [57]
72 94 Conrad Smith  New Zealand 2004–2015 Centre [58]
73 93 Serge Blanco  France 1980–1991 Fullback [59]
74 92 Sean Fitzpatrick  New Zealand 1986–1997 Hooker
= 92 Martin Johnson  England (84)
British and Irish Lions (8)
1993–2003 Lock [60][61]
= 92 Gareth Llewellyn  Wales 1989–2005 Lock [62]
= 92 Malcolm O'Kelly  Ireland 1997–2009 Lock [63]
= 92 Cristian Petre  Romania 2001–2012 Lock [64]
= 92 Rob Simmons  Australia 2010- Lock
80 91 Neil Jenkins  Wales (87)
British and Irish Lions (4)
1990–2003 Fly-half [65]
= 91 Rory Underwood  England (85)
British and Irish Lions (6)
1984–1996 Wing [66]
= 91 Shane Williams  Wales (87)
British and Irish Lions (4)
2000–2011 Wing [40]

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