Who are the protagonists of rugby with the most appearances in the national team? Since the advent of professionalism has increased international matches and therefore it is easier to collect caps than what happened up to 1995, that is in the times of amateurism.
A ranking that brings together some of the most important names in the history of world rugby, with players who have raised the World Cup but not only, elements that have long represented icons for entire generations of fans.
Richie McCaw, 148 appearances. Global pandemic and the stop to the competitions of 2020 has kept it at the top, preventing Wyn Jones from reaching him. Here there are no selections that keep, his caps were collected in 13 years (2003-2015) in which he was the absolute leader of the All Blacks with which he raised the 2011 and 2015 World Cups as captain.
Alun Wyn Jones, 147 appearances. On 19 September he will be 35 years old, but he has already declared that he wants to continue his career with the Welsh national team and with the Lions, at least until the tour of 2021. There is therefore material to write history with a capital S.
138 his presences with the Dragons, 8 those with the Lions. Sergio Parisse, 142 caps.What to say that has not already been said of one of the strongest players in the history of ovalia? Ah yes, perhaps that would have been much higher in the standings if during his career he had not suffered serious injuries.
Brian O’Driscoll, 141 appearances. Center of elegance to say the least unique, O’Driscoll was the undisputed owner of the number 13 jersey from 1999 to 2014. In addition to the 133 appearances with the greens, he also collected 8 during his four tours with the Lions.
George Gregan, 139 caps. Born in Zambia to an Australian father and mother of Zimbabwe, he grew up in Canberra and with the local franchise he played from 1996 to 2007 writing (among other things) history pages of the first Super 12s.
With the Australian national team he played 139 caps in the absurd time span of 19 years. Gethin Jenkins, 134 appearances. A representative of a team like Wales could not be missing, a symbol of oval ball sport in the northern hemisphere.
He retired on November 4, 2018 after a challenge between his Cardiff Blues and Zebras, the pylon played with Wales from 2002 to 2016, taking away the satisfaction of winning the Grand Slam three times. Keven Mealamu. 132 caps.
Another hooker, another two-world winner, Mealamu has played in New Zealand throughout his career. From 2002 to 2015 he dressed in the uniform of the All Blacks, with whom he achieved great success and proved to be an absolutely versatile player, strong and technical in the fray, but also a very skilled ball in hand.
Ronan O’Gara. 130 appearances. And here you start to smell the smell of legend. Opening median with boundless talent, eternal leader of the greens and Munster, the only franchise with which he played in his career. He remained in the national team from 2000 to 2013 and collected 128 appearances, to which must be added the 2 with Lions.
Stephen Moore. 129 caps. Australian hooker with triple passport, since he was born in Saudi Arabia where his parents (Irish) were on business. Kieran Read. 127 appearances. Talking about the World Cup without mentioning Read does not seem to make sense, so the last New Zealand captain in a World Cup cannot be missing.