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Some of the England rugby legends you did not know are still playing today

Rugby Editorial 27th May, 2022   0

Rugby is a sport that is loved by many. It has a passionate fan base all over the world, and people are always excited to see their favourite players take the field.

In England, rugby is considered a national pastime, with people up and down the entire country enjoying the sport. Many will sit down and watch their favourite teams compete, whilst others will participate in a game when playing for a local club or with a group of friends.

Given its popularity, the country has produced some of the best rugby players in history, and many of them are still playing today! However, whilst we know that there are some players who can be considered legends in their own right once their playing days are over, this article will take a look at some of the names that have proven to be legends for their country that many may not have realised are still playing today.

So without further ado, here are some of the England rugby legends you may not know are still playing today.

Richard Wigglesworth

One name that many may not initially think of as an England legend is Richard Wigglesworth, with the 38-year-old still being able to show he has what it takes to play competitive rugby.

Naturally, his career has already entered its twilight stage, with the player having started to transition into a coaching role whilst he is playing for the Leicester Tigers, however he has shown no real signs of slowing down.

Wigglesworth can be considered an England legend as he enjoyed a spell where he was able to earn 33 caps during a 10-year period between 2008 and 2018. At the club level, the scrum-half has been able to accumulate a total of 442 appearances across a two-decade span, having started in 2002 for Sale Sharks before moving on to the Saracens and then the Tigers.

Ben Foden

Former Northampton Saints full-back Ben Foden played for England between 2009 and 2013, winning 34 caps, and is now in the USA playing for MLR (Major League Rugby) side Rugby United New York.

Whilst he has been making appearances on a number of reality shows in recent memory, including on The X Factor: Celebrity in 2019 (in which he reached the semifinal), and on Dancing on Ice (where he was eliminated 1st), he has continued to work hard at his rugby and has looked to try and bring our wonderful sport across the Atlantic and try and make it appeal with fans across the pond. Of course, fans who wish to be able to track his progress and how he gets on will want to look at a sports blog that could potentially provide them with information that may help them with tips about what to do when it comes down to a possible wagering opportunity.

Chris Earnshaw

Likewise, former England captain Chris Robshaw also appears to be trying to bring the game to the masses in America, although he currently finds himself on the West Coast rather than on the East with Foden.

The England star who played as captain between 2012 and 2015 obtained a total of 66 caps for the Red and Whites in a playing career that spanned between 2009 and 2018 at the international level.

Now, he finds himself at San Diego Legion in the MLR, as he looks to try and help the team to progress in the 2022 campaign.

Honourable Mentions

Naturally, it is rather easy to highlight a few other rugby players who could be mentioned in this article that are still playing, although those who continue to watch the sport passionately will perhaps already know that they are still playing.

It can be argued that Mike Brown is an obvious one, therefore he does not quite fit the “you didn’t know are still playing” portion of this article, but he is a really good player who has been out of the fold for some time and yet is still playing; currently with the Newcastle Falcons.

Additionally, Danny Care is at Harlequins and is also quite well-known to fans, whilst Danny Cipriani can also be argued to fit into the same category, although there are perhaps many that would not class him as a “legend”.


There you have it, a handful of England legends that are still playing rugby that you may not have known about!


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