Having extensively explored the try-scoring feats of some of the best names in international rugby, we now look at the most prolific try scorers in the Aviva Premiership. Who has scored the most tries at prop? Which scrum-half gets over the line the most? Read on to find out.
Note: Totals are based on players within specific positions, not on their totals overall. Matches included are where players started in their respective positions, not as a substitute/replacement.
1) Soane Tonga’uiha (14)
Former Northampton Saints loosehead Tonga’uiha was known for his ability in the loose as well as at the set-piece and it was his prowess here that saw him leave for France a couple of seasons back. However, he’s now signed for Bristol and will be hoping to add to his try-scoring tally.
In second place is former All Black and Wasps prop Craig Dowd on 13 tries.
2) Trevor Leota (23)
Wasps allegedly paid someone to mind Leota and make sure he stayed off his beloved Big Mac burgers, but the Samoan hooker scored 23 tries during his time at the club despite his penchant for fast food.
In second place is legendary French and Gloucester stalwart Olivier Azam on 19 and current Saracens hooker Schalk Brits on 16.
3) Ceri Jones (13)
Former Harlequins and Worcester prop Jones scored 13 tries throughout his career, highlighting his ability around the park. His form at club level eventually saw him rewarded with two caps for Wales.
England and Bath’s Duncan Bell is in joint-second on 9 tries with Wasps’ Will Green, Bristol, Gloucester and London Scottish’s Paul Johnsone, and Ireland and Saracens’ Paul Wallace.
4) Simon Shaw (17)
What a player Shaw was. As well as being central to Wasps’ European and Premiership titles, he was part of the England squad that reached the 2007 World Cup final and integral in the Lions series of 2009. His outstanding handling abilities and awareness of players and space around him saw him score 17 tries for Wasps.
5) Dean Schofield (14)
Sale talisman Dean Schofield was a part of the squad that won the Premiership title in the 2005-2006 season, represented England twice and highlighted his importance to his beloved Sale Sharks with 14 tries throughout his playing days.
Richmond and Saracens’ Craig Quinnell follows behind Shaw and Schofield with 12 tries.
6) Pat Sanderson (28)
Harlequins and Worcester flanker Sanderson was a surprise choice as England captain by Andy Robinson for their summer tour of 2006, when he was selected as number eight. However, it was his consistent form for his clubs that saw him play for his country and score 28 tries in the process.
Gloucester favourite Jake Boer and Newcastle, Northampton and Worcester flanker Phil Dowson are in joint-second with 18 tries.
7) Neil Back (58)
Even as a constant in Clive Woodward’s England sides, Neil Back was still able to score a truly impressive 58 tries for Leicester Tigers, a club where he won a plethora of trophies.
Way behind Back in terms of opensides scoring tries are Joe Worsley (25), Budge Poutney (23) and Paul Volley (23).
8) Thomas Waldrom (38)
Waldrom was an inspired signing for Leicester after he had spent his career playing for the Canterbury Crusaders and he has rewarded his former club and now Exeter Chiefs with almost 40 tries since 2010.
Saracens and Harlequins’ Tony Diprose is in second place (25), and Samoan Junior Paramore (24) is in third place through his time at both Gloucester and Bedford.
9) Danny Care (42)
If you’ve ever wondered why so many England fans value Harlequins number 9 Care so highly, it is because of his uncanny ability to score from pretty much any situation. Only Newcastle Falcons’ Gary Armstrong comes close with 35.
Michael Claassens is next on 24. As for Care’s England rival Ben Youngs, he is quite a way down the list (17).
10) Charlie Hodgson (36)
Spending much of his international career in the shadow of Jonny Wilkinson, Hodgson was an outstanding player for both Sale Sharks and Saracens, proving his worth with 36 tries in total.
The aforementioned Wilkinson is in second place (25), with Mike Catt (22) and Chuck Norris-esque Andy Goode (22) in joint third.
11) Tom Varndell (81)
Varndell has a knack of being in the right place at the right time and this saw him score a total of Premiership tries with both Leicester and Wasps. Now that he is back in the top tier of English rugby with Bristol, he will be hoping to add to his tally. He is currently the all-time highest try scorer in the Premiership.
12) Terry Fanolua (32)
Samoan centre Fanolua was a key cog in the Gloucester teams between 1997 and 2006 and showed his importance to the Cherry and Whites with 32 tries in over 150 appearances for the club.
In second place is England stalwart Will Greenwood, one behind on 31.
13) Jamie Noon (34)/Mike Tindall (34)
United together as an ill-fated England centre partnership under Andy Robinson, both Noon and Tindall scored 34 tries for their clubs.
Wasps’ Fraser Waters is in second place (29) and his in the latter years of his career saw him pick up three caps for his country.
14) Mark Cueto (80)
Now retired, Sale Sharks winger Cueto is the second-highest try scorer in the Premiership, just one behind Tom Varndell.
In third place is clubmate Steve Hanley (71) and Northampton and Saracens’ Chris Ashton on 71. Ashton will be hoping to get closer to Cueto’s tally this season after he was once again left out of England coach’s Eddie Jones’ plans.
15) Mike Brown (50 tries)
As well as his heroics for England, Mike Brown has often been central to Harlequins’ attack and has scored 50 tries in the Premiership. His nearest rival is Northampton’s Ben Foden (36), followed by Leicester’s Geordan Murphy (29) and former Harlequins Director of Rugby Conor O’Shea (29).
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