Are these the biggest powerhouses in TOP 14?
Rugby - the real beautiful game.
A sport that finds men who struggle to fit through doors, puts them in a shirt two sizes too small, and asks them to lay out their opposite number. There’s beauty in simplicity.
As a result of this perhaps over-simplified mantra, we tend to get some rather large men on the pitch. Among these men, some stand tall among giants, the biggest of the big.
Today we are going to profile five monsters who ply their trade in TOP 14, and whose physical presence is enough to leave Andre the Giant questioning whether he’s up to the task.
In no particular order let’s begin.
Where do we start with Eben? He’s 6ft 8in, weighs over 120kg, can bench press 175kg and dumbbell press 79kg… On each arm. Let’s just say, we feel sorry for whoever had to line up against the South African this season. Fans were itching to watch the world champion in his debut TOP 14 season, opposition players less so.
Anyone nicknamed ‘Gorgodzilla’ is not one to be messed with. A player with a genuine passion for the physical side of the game, anyone who has played against Gorgodze has woken up in the morning remembering the experience. Not for us thanks.
Team: Racing 92
The heaviest player at both the Rugby World Cup and TOP 14, Tameifuna weighs in at a staggering 151kg. For context, that is the equivalent of a Panda Bear. However, make no mistake, the Tongan international is neither cuddly or cute. A monster in the tackle and an immovable force with the ball in his hands. He is a player that will keep opposing players up all night.
Richie Gray (we imagine you can guess which one he is, if you really can’t - second in from the left in the grey shirt). Standing at 6ft 10in, with a gorgeous blonde mane to match, he truly is the Greek/Scottish god every team wants in their line-up. We could have just as easily gone for his teammate and namesake Richie Arnold, who also stands at a staggering 6ft 10in. Play fair Toulouse, this isn’t basketball.
As if we weren’t going to mention Richie Arnold… It couldn’t be a powerhouse feature without him! This Wallaby is hard as nails and as tough as leather. Imagine a rugby Monsters Inc. film? Richie Arnold would win an Oscar. 6 ft 10 in and 20st, when he gallops across the pitch opposition players move out of the way and tell him to have a nice day. This try a couple years back against Perpignan is testament to his mammoth quality.