1) Adebayo Akinfenwa
When considering the main qualities needed in a rugby match, strength comes straight to mind as one of the most important. The physicality of the sport is way above that of football as rugby players tackle, scrum and wrestle their way to scoring a try.
If a player is to excel at the sport, he must be able to give and receive a tackle without limiting his own physical performance.
Adebayo Akinfenwa is therefore well suited to rugby due to the fact that he has become well known across the Football League purely for his power on a football pitch.
Pure strength is what gives him his notoriety, as he continues to be nicknamed the ‘beast’ by his fans at Wimbledon and elsewhere. Weighing at 86kg and measuring up at 6ft1, the powerhouse has a significantly heavy build that would help him excel in a physical game of rugby.
There’s no doubt that he is one of the strongest football players in the world, meaning that he wouldn’t be out of place on the rugby pitch.
Evidently however, agility and movement aren’t his strong points and this may hinder him when evading tackles and moving with the rugby ball. But Akinfenwa would have been impossible to omit from this article simply due to his strength, power and physicality.
Scoring 139 goals in his lengthy footballing career, Akinfenwa has made a name for himself by being an interesting character and by maintaining his powerful attributes.