Pro14: The Heaviest Players XV

Size isn’t everything when it comes to rugby, but for this XV it’s all that matters. 

These are the biggest men currently plying their trade in the Pro14.


1. Oli Kebble – Glasgow (128kg)

The South African loosehead prop is a destructive scrummager and has deceptively good hands for a man of his size. Kebble will hope to replicate WP Nel’s achievement in the future and represent Scotland.


2. Reinach Venter – Cheetahs (118kg)

The South African has the classic build and characteristic of a hooker: short and powerful. He stands at 5’8″ and weighs in at 118kg.


3. Simon Berghan – Edinburgh (128kg)

The New Zealand-born tighthead just about makes the 20-stone mark at 128kg. Berghan has made the most of a recent injury crisis for Scottish props, making five appearances for Scotland in 2017.


4. Lubabalo Mtyanda – Kings (139kg)

The lock is known as ‘Giant’, and its no surprise given he’s nearly 6’7″ and weighs in at a massive 139kg. The second row uses his frame to great advantage for the Kings, giving them a great source of go-forward ball.


5. Stephan Greef – Kings (126kg)

It is an all-Kings affair in the engine room, with the hard-hitting Greef coming in at 126kg. Greef is the lineout operator of the two locks.


6. David Sisi – Zebre (120kg)

The former Bath blindside is an extra lineout option, standing 6’5″ and weighing 120kg.


7. Samuela Vunisa – Glasgow (121kg)

Prefers number 8, but the powerful Italian international is in here at openside. Now in Scotland, the 121kg backrower was backup to Sergio Parisse under Jacques Brunel.


8. Nick Williams – Cardiff (130kg)

Ulster fans are missing Williams dearly these days, but the all-action Kiwi is wreaking havoc across the Irish Sea. The 130kg number 8 is surely one of the best backrowers never to win an international cap. The older brother of Samoa star Tim.


9. Mike Phillips – Scarlets (104kg)

Having retired, the former Lions and Welsh legend was convinced to come back on a short-term deal. Philips is one of the biggest 9s ever to play the game at 104kg.


10. James Hook – Ospreys (96kg)

In general, the halfbacks are the smallest players on a team, and the veteran Welshman is the smallest man on this XV at 96kg. The definition of utility back, Hook is also a capable centre and full-back.


11. Giovanbattista Venditti – Zebre (111kg)

The massive Italian is one of the biggest wingers in the world at 111kg. For comparison, Julian Savea weighs in at around 105kg.


12. Stuart McCloskey – Ulster (109kg)

The big man from Bangor is Ireland’s answer to Sonny Bill Williams. Strong in the carry and solid defensively with a quality offloading game. He must be wondering what else he can do to get himself into Ireland contention.


13. Chris Farrell – Munster (110kg)

An all-Irish centre pairing, the powerful Tyrone man formed one of the biggest international centre partnerships in the world with McCloskey against Fiji lately. He’s not all about power either, with a great passing and offloading game.


14. Duhan van der Merwe – Edinburgh (105kg)

The exciting South African is a recent arrival to Edinburgh but is already making his presence felt. The speedy winger is a powerful operator too at 105kg.


15. Carl Meyer – Dragons (106kg)

A fullback for the Dragons, the South African is also comfortable at fly-half and inside centre. A strong ball-carrier, Meyer rounds off this XV at 106kg.

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