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List of rugby union test caps leaders

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.

ListEdit

Rank Caps Player International team First/Latest
appearance
Primary
position
Ref(s).
1 148 Richie McCaw   New Zealand 2001–2015 Flanker [1]
2 143 Alun Wyn Jones   Wales (134)
British and Irish Lions (9)
2006– Lock [2]
3 142 Sergio Parisse   Italy (142) 2002–2019 Number 8 [3]
4 141 Brian O'Driscoll   Ireland (133)
British and Irish Lions (8)
1999–2014 Centre [4][5]
5 139 George Gregan   Australia 1994–2007 Scrum-half [6][7]
6 134 Gethin Jenkins   Wales (129)
British and Irish Lions (5)
2002–2018 Prop [8]
7 132 Keven Mealamu   New Zealand 2002–2015 Hooker [9]
8 130 Ronan O'Gara   Ireland (128)
British and Irish Lions (2)
2000–2013 Fly-half [10]
9 129 Stephen Moore   Australia 2005–2017 Hooker
10 127 Victor Matfield   South Africa 2001–2015 Lock [11]
Kieran Read   New Zealand 2008–2019 Number 8
12 124 Rory Best   Ireland 2005–2019 Hooker [12]
Bryan Habana   South Africa 2004–2016 Wing [13]
14 121 Adam Ashley-Cooper   Australia 2005–2019 Centre / Wing [14]
15 120 Florin Vlaicu   Romania 2006– Centre
16 119 Martin Castrogiovanni   Italy 2002–2016 Prop [15]
Davit Kacharava   Georgia 2006–2019 Centre
Jason Leonard   England (114)
British and Irish Lions (5)
1990–2004 Prop [16]
19 118 Fabien Pelous   France 1995–2007 Lock [17]
Tony Woodcock   New Zealand 2002–2015 Prop [18]
21 117 Tendai Mtawarira   South Africa 2008–2019 Prop
Sam Whitelock   New Zealand 2010–2019 Lock
Alessandro Zanni   Italy 2005–2019 Flanker [19]
24 116 Nathan Sharpe   Australia 2002–2012 Lock [20]
25 115 Merab Kvirikashvili   Georgia 2003–2018 Fullback
Paul O'Connell   Ireland (108)
British and Irish Lions (7)
2002–2015 Lock [21]
27 112 Marco Bortolami   Italy 2001–2015 Lock [22]
Dan Carter   New Zealand 2003–2015 Fly-half [23]
Yuri Kushnarev   Russia 2005– Fullback
30 111 Ross Ford   Scotland (110)
British and Irish Lions (1)
2004–2017 Hooker [24]
Philippe Sella   France 1982–1995 Centre [25]
John Smit   South Africa 2000–2011 Hooker[26] [27]
George Smith   Australia 2000–2013 Flanker [28][29]
34 110 Will Genia   Australia 2009–2019 Scrum-half
Stephen Jones   Wales (104)
British and Irish Lions (6)
1998–2011 Fly-half [30]
Sekope Kepu   Australia 2008–2019 Prop
37 109 Jean de Villiers   South Africa 2004–2015 Centre [31]
Chris Paterson   Scotland 1999–2011 Full-back [32]
39 108 Owen Franks   New Zealand 2009–2019 Prop
40 107 Cătălin Fercu   Romania 2005– Fullback
John Hayes   Ireland (105)
British and Irish Lions (2)
2000–2011 Prop [33][34]
42 106 Mauro Bergamasco   Italy 1998–2015 Flanker [35]
43 105 Sean Lamont   Scotland 2004–2016 Wing [36]
44 104 Leonardo Ghiraldini   Italy 2006–2019 Hooker
Martyn Williams   Wales (100)
British and Irish Lions (4)
1996–2012 Flanker [37]
46 103 Matt Giteau   Australia 2002–2016 Fly-half [38]
Andrea Lo Cicero Vaina   Italy 2000–2013 Prop [39]
Ma'a Nonu   New Zealand 2003–2015 Centre [40]
Gareth Thomas   Wales (100)
British and Irish Lions (3)
1995–2007 Utility back [41][42]
50 102 Stephen Larkham   Australia 1996–2007 Fly-half [6][43]
Percy Montgomery   South Africa 1997–2008 Fullback [44]
52 101 David Campese   Australia 1982–1996 Wing [45]
Alessandro Troncon   Italy 1994–2007 Scrum-half [6][46]
Gonçalo Uva   Portugal 2004–2018 Lock
Vasco Uva   Portugal 2003–2016 Flanker [47]
56 100 Valentin Calafeteanu   Romania 2004– Scrum-half
Giorgi Chkhaidze   Georgia 2002–2017 Number 8
Jamie Heaslip   Ireland (95)
British and Irish Lions (5)
2006–2017 Number 8
Adam Jones   Wales (95)
British and Irish Lions (5)
2002–2014 Prop [48]
Mils Muliaina   New Zealand 2003–2011 Fullback [49]
Rob Simmons   Australia 2010- Lock
62 99 Victor Gresev   Russia 2006– Flanker
Michael Hooper   Australia 2012– Flanker
Mike Phillips   Wales (94)
British and Irish Lions (5)
2003–2015 Scrum-half [50]
65 98 Dan Cole   England (95)
British and Irish Lions (3)
2010- Prop
Andrey Garbuzov   Russia 2005– Flanker
Raphaël Ibañez   France 1996–2007 Hooker [51]
Rob Kearney   Ireland (95)
British and Irish Lions (3)
2007-2019 Fullback
Donncha O'Callaghan   Ireland (94)
British and Irish Lions (4)
2003–2013 Lock [52]
Hitoshi Ono   Japan 2004-2016 Lock [53]
Peter Stringer   Ireland 2000–2011 Scrum-half [54]
72 97 Dylan Hartley   England 2008–2018 Hooker
Jamie Roberts   Wales (94)
British and Irish Lions (3)
2008–2017 Centre
Jonny Wilkinson   England (91)
British and Irish Lions (6)
1998–2011 Fly-half [55]
Ben Youngs   England (95)
British and Irish Lions (2)
2010- Scrum-half
76 96 Colin Charvis   Wales (94)
British and Irish Lions (2)
1996–2007 Flanker [56]
James Slipper   Australia 2010- Prop
78 95 Cian Healy   Ireland 2009- Prop
Lasha Malaguradze   Georgia 2008– Fly-half
Andrea Masi   Italy 1999–2015 Centre [57]
Giorgi Nemsadze   Georgia 2005– Lock
82 94 George North   Wales (91)
British and Irish Lions (3)
2010- Wing
Jonathan Sexton   Ireland (88)
British and Irish Lions (6)
2009- Fly-half
Conrad Smith   New Zealand 2004–2015 Centre [58]
85 93 Serge Blanco   France 1980–1991 Fullback [59]
86 92 Kurtley Beale   Australia 2009- Fullback
Sean Fitzpatrick   New Zealand 1986–1997 Hooker
Martin Johnson   England (84)
British and Irish Lions (8)
1993–2003 Lock [60][61]
Gareth Llewellyn   Wales 1989–2005 Lock [62]
Diego Magno   Uruguay 2008– Lock
Malcolm O'Kelly   Ireland 1997–2009 Lock [63]
Cristian Petre   Romania 2001–2012 Lock [64]
Aaron Smith   New Zealand 2012- Scrum-half
Rory Underwood   England (85)
British and Irish Lions (7)
1984–1996 Wing [65]
95 91 Neil Jenkins   Wales (87)
British and Irish Lions (4)
1990–2003 Fly-half [66]
Shane Williams   Wales (87)
British and Irish Lions (4)
2000–2011 Wing [40]
97 90 Vasily Artemyev   Russia 2009- Fullback
Tatafu Polota-Nau   Australia 2005-2019 Hooker

Notes:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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