The Heaviest Players at the Rugby World Cup

Japan are hosting the Rugby World Cup tournament 2019, across many different stadiums and cities throughout September and October with the final being on 2nd November 2019.

Have you ever wondered, when your watching the games, who are the heaviest players on the rugby pitch?

Well here’s the top ten players who weigh between 127kg (19.9 Stone) up to an almighty 153kg, which is approximately 24 stone!

Top of the list is Ben Tameifuna the tight head prop from Tonga who weighs in at 153kg (approx 24 stone).

In second place is Taniela Topou, another tight head prop this time from Australia.  He weighs 135kg (approx 21 stone).

The next few players are relatively the same weight:-

  • Michael Alaatoa, a prop for Samoa, weighs 132kg (approx 20.7 stone);
  • Eroni Mawi, a prop for Fiji, weighs 131kg (approx 20.6 stone);
  • Tomas Francis, a tight head prop for Wales, weighs 130kg (approx 20.4 stone);
  • Leroy Atalifo, another prop for Fiji, weighs 130kg (approx 20.4 stone);
  • Ofa Tuungafasi is a prop for New Zealand and weighs 129kg (approx 20.3 stone);
  • Atu Moli is a prop for New Zealand and weighs 127kg (approx 19.9 stone);

Finally there is Billy Vunipola, who plays No.8 for England and he also weighs 127kg (approx 19.9 stone).

Of course, there are many others who come close to those weights, including players like Alun Wyn Jones, who is a second row and captain of Wales, Simon Berghan, a tight head prop for Scotland and S├ębastien Vahaamahina, a lock for France, whom all weigh in at a hefty 126kg (19.8 stone).

Feature image is Ben Tameifuna playing for French rugby club Racing 92. (N.Luttiau/L’Equipe)