Activities Sports & Athletics Top 10 Celebrities Who Played Rugby Share PINTEREST Email Print Thomas Barwick/Getty Images Sports & Athletics Other Activities Cigars Collecting Baseball Basketball Bicycling Billiards Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Football Golf Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Skating Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Learn More By Charles Dainoff Charles Dainoff has been involved in rugby as a player, coach, and journalist since 1985. He served as vice president of the Ohio Rugby Union. our editorial process Charles Dainoff Updated February 07, 2019 From Daniel Craig to Javier Bardem, here are the top celebrities who have played the sport of rugby. 01 of 10 Daniel Craig David Rogers/Getty Images Obviously, the best training for playing James Bond would be rugby, and so it was for Hoylake RFC’s most famous Old Boy. It also goes a long way towards explaining why Craig’s face looks like it’s absorbed a punch or two in its time. 02 of 10 US President George W. Bush Hulton Archive/Getty Images Bush played fullback at Phillips Academy and Yale. 03 of 10 US President Bill Clinton Mathias Kniepeiss/Getty Images News Clinton played prop at Oxford. 04 of 10 French President Jacques Chirac Remibetin/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0 Chirac played second row and number 8 for Brive’s youth team and the Paris Institute for Political Studies. Shouldn’t be a surprise that a man nicknamed “le bulldozer” played in the pack. Once was quoted as saying “rugby is a metaphor for life.” 05 of 10 British Prime Minister Gordon Brown HM Government/Wikimedia Commons/OGL Brown was playing for Kirkcaldy High School in Fife at age 16 when he received a boot to the head that tore and detached his retina in his left eye. This injury nearly blinded him in that eye but didn’t stop him from earning a Ph.D. in history from the University of Edinburgh or taking over the PM slot from Tony Blair. 06 of 10 Javier Bardem Georges Biard/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0 Likewise, the Spanish actor best known (by some of us) for playing the psychopathic hitman Anton Chigurh in “No Country for Old Men” and for learning English from AC/DC songs played well enough to represent Spain’s national U-21 side as a flanker and prop. He said in an interview that “playing rugby in Spain is like being a bullfighter in Japan,” which makes about as much sense as the Chirac quote. 07 of 10 Russell Crowe Eva Rinaldi/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 2.0 Okay, one more actor. We have to mention Crowe, because not only did he play (and continues to), but he was able to buy the club he’s supported since he was a boy, the South Sydney Rabbitohs, and seems to behave around them exactly the same way we all would if given the same opportunity. 08 of 10 Andre the Giant Jeffrey Asher/Getty Images We're throwing this one in because the prospect of playing against him – even as a very large boy – is, frankly, terrifying. Andre played as a teenager in Grenoble until he took up wrestling. He was already six and a half feet tall when he started. 09 of 10 Idi Amin Archives New Zealand/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 2.0 In addition to other dark arts the English taught the future Ugandan dictator at Sandhurst, they turned him into a second row. Amin continued to play for clubs in Kampala afterward but retired from the sport in order to focus full time on killing as many people as possible and providing safe haven to terrorists. 10 of 10 Che Guevara Hulton Archive/Getty Images No list of rugby celebrities is complete without mentioning Che, who, like Amin, gave up his passion for rugby to devote himself full time to killing people. Before he did that, though, Guevara played center for San Isidro in Argentina. Che was so enthusiastic about rugby, he ran a weekly magazine called Tackle, which lasted for three months in 1951.