Rugby’s Speedsters

Picked this up from an article posted in the NZ Herald. It’s an interesting bit of trivia. The main metric used in rugby to determine a players speed is maximum velocity in metres per second which is taken from the ubiquitous GPS trackers all elite players wear.

What really piqued my interest – other than confirmation of just how quick Christian Wade is – was that rugby fares very well against Wendy ball in terms of athlete’s with outright pace. The fastest at 11.5 mps on this list (Carlin Isles, Wade isn’t far behind) is a whopping 0.95mps faster than the French flyer Kylian Mbappe widely considered to be the fastest elite Footballer.

Wade also clocked the 3rd fastest mps time in Grid Iron last year, what a loss to rugby.

The only forward on the list is rather surprisingly Fingers Ferris!


Christian Wade 11.1 m/s
Kieran Marmion 10.7 m/s
Jesse Mogg 10.6 m/s
Aaron Sexton 10.5 m/s
Jonny May 10.49 m/s
Barry Daly (Leinster) 10.44 m/s
Rieko Ioane 10.3+ m/s
Louis Rees-Zammit RZ 10.1 m/s
Joe Cokanasiga 10.0 m/s +
Rory Scholes (Connacht) 10.0 m/s
Stephen Ferris 9.98 m/s
Jacob Stockdale (Ulster) 9.97 m/s
Simon Zebo (Munster) – 9.85 m/s
Marika Koribete 9.8m/s
Tommy Bowe 9.7 m/s
Alex Dunbar 9.4 m/s

Sosene Anesi 4.53
Bryan Habana 4.58
Rodney Davies 4.59
Shane Williams 4.66
Joe Rokococo 4.66
Sbu Nkosi 4.71
Toni Pulu 4.78
Charlie Sharples 4.82
George North 4.97

100m TIMES
Sebastien Carrat 10.34
Nigel Walker 10.47
Brett Stapleton 10.51
Aaron Sexton 10.52
Ugo Monye 10.66
Doug Howlett 10.68
Tom Varndell 10.83

*Edward Osei-Nketia 10.19, but hasn’t played professionally

Carlin Isles 11.5 m/s
Perry Baker 10.3+ m/s
Jordan Conroy 10.3+ m/s
Alosio Naduva 10.3+ m/s
Dan Norton 4.78 40m

Trae Williams 10.1 100m
Carlin Isles 10.15 100m
Perry Baker 10.58m 100m


Author: Slamma47

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