The Fattest Players in Rugby History

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The Fattest Players in Rugby History
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These days, the modern rugby player has evolved far beyond the stereotype it used to be as the demands for the perfect athlete have produced a more agile, leaner build from numbers one to 15.

Even the front row, the area most famed for having those most rotund in its midst, has become home of a much sleeker-looking inhabitant over the last few decades.

However, not all abide by the rising trend of metamorphosis and we still get our fair share of, shall we say, jollier players.

Down the years, rugby has certainly had its share of fatter players to support the stereotype of it being not as athletic as other disciplines, the biggest of which are recorded ahead.

Looking deeper than simply sheer weight or size—as muscle can often account for a lot of that—here we’re aiming for the true fatties, those whose fat-to-muscle ratio is not what it should be, either due to position or simply health concerns.

If you feel we've missed any giants out or disagree with the rankings, let us know in the forum below.

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