The Greatest Rugby Union player at the Olympic Games

Who is the greatest Rugby Union player of all time based on Olympic Games performances? Rugby Union made four appearances at the Olympics between 1900 and 1924. In 2016, it reappeared in the form of Rugby 7s. Multiple medal winners are only currently from the early Olympic Games of Rugby Union. 1920 olympic poster

We have used a weighted total medal count of each male Rugby Union player from all modern Olympic Games to rank their overall performance. The best all-time performing Rugby Union player at the Olympic Games is Australian Daniel Carroll, who played in the Australian winning team in 1908, then played for the US winning gold in 1920, then coached the US to another gold in 1924. Many others played in the two gold medal winning USA teams in 1920 and 1924. See the table below to see how other athletes ranked.

See also the best athlete from each sport, and the best overall.

Top Olympic Athletes From Rugby Union

Here are the top ranked athletes from the sport of Rugby Union for performances at all Olympiads that it was held, using the Topend Sports Weighted Ranking System to order the athletes, awarding points for both gold (6 points) and other medals (silver 2 pts, bronze 1 pt).

Table: The Top Ranked Players from Rugby Union at the Olympic Games

rank name country Gold Silver Bronze total
medals
rating
1 Daniel Carroll Australia / USA 2 0 0 2 12
2 Rudolph Scholz USA 2 0 0 2 12
3 John Muldoon USA 2 0 0 2 12
4 John O'Neil USA 2 0 0 2 12
5 John Patrick USA 2 0 0 2 12
6 Joseph Hunter USA 2 0 0 2 12
7 Charles Doe USA 2 0 0 2 12
8 Charles Lee Tilden, Jr. USA 2 0 0 2 12
9 Charles Mehan USA 2 0 0 2 12
10 Colby Slater USA 2 0 0 2 12
11 Fran├žois Borde France 0 2 0 2 4
12 Adolphe Bousquet France 0 2 0 2 4

notes: initial data from wikipedia of multiple Olympic medalists (with at least 3 gold medals, including results up to 2016 and including Rugby 7s). For the ranking order, we have used the Topend Sports Weighted Ranking System.

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