Incredible Stat That Shows Being Bigger Isn’t Always Better In Rugby

The little guys.

As long as we can remember rugby has always been obsessed with size. At first glance it’s understandable. It’s a hugely physical game and being able to hold your own both in attack and defence is a big plus.

But the problem is a lot of people tend to forget that you don’t have to just run through or over your opposition – you can run around them too. It’s quite simple really.

Shane Williams and Jason Robinson were once upon a time told they were too small to make it at the highest level – and we all know how that went. They’re now regarded as two of the very best to have ever played the game.

And while it’s not as bad theses days, there’s still a bit of an obsession with size. But as the lads at RugbyPass have pointed out – there really shouldn’t be.

Toulouse’s Cheslin Kolbe is one of the smallest players around right now. He’s 5ft 7in and only 80kg. But the South Africa hot-stepper has been one of the best players in Europe this season, beating more defenders in the Champions Cup (45) than anyone else.

And if you look elsewhere it’s a similar story. Argentinian Santiago Cordero has been a revelation for Exeter in the Premiership this season standing at just 5ft 9inches and weighing in at a paltry 79kg. Yet he’s beaten more defenders than anyone else (98) in England’s top flight this season.

Over in Super Rugby, All Black Damien McKenzie, who’s season was recently brought to an unfortunate end as a result of a serious injury, holds the record for most defenders beaten in the competition since 2016 with a whopping 241. He’s 5ft 10 and just 80kg.

Proof once and for all lads. Size isn’t everything. At least on a rugby pitch.