Manu Tuilagi smashes Tom Williams

Top14 player imposter!

JDV smashed by Benoit August

The Northampton Saints 30m scrum!

Bastareaud huge hit on Rory Lamont

All Blacks skills - Pt 2 In the backyard

Trinh-Duc sets up Harinordoquy try

Wales vs England 1999

Greg Holmes great hit on Francois Louw

Friday, September 17, 2010

Lachlan Turner in the Gatorade Bolt Fastest Footballer in Australia race

Wallaby back Lachlan Turner took part in a novelty 100 metre race on Wednesday night in Sydney as Usain Bolt and sponsors set out to determine who the fastest man in Australian footy is, with athletes from Union, League, and Soccer all lining up.

If you don’t know the result yet, skip to the video now, otherwise read more about the event and what the winning athlete had to say.

It’s been 10 years since the Sydney Olmpics, so to commemorate the event and promote his new drink, Usain Bolt is on a tour of Australia, with this race between rival codes being much publicised.

While two AFL (Aussie Rules) flyers were unfortunately ruled out due to sponsorship conflicts, the field was made up mainly of League players, but had two Union representatives in Lachlan Turner and Eastwood club teammate, John Grant.

Turner ended up coming up trumps while running into a slight headwind, taking the win with a time of 11.10s, while Grant followed shortly behind him at 11.15s, and League star Jarryd Hayne came third with 11.20s. Greg Inglis came in last at 12:48s.

"It was a bit of a surprise win," triumphant Turner said. "I thought both Jarryd and John had me about the 60 metre mark, but I'm just happy to have got to the line first. I almost fell over and tried to kill myself trying to get there. I hit the guy next to me, but it turned out all good," he added.

Prize money of A$20 000 went to number one placed Turner, while bragging rights were perhaps the biggest prize. He surprisingly said he’d done no training for the event, picking up a pair of running spikes just a day before.

"I only got the spikes last night, that's how unprepared I was. It's also been a while since I last raced on the track,” Turner said. "I was hoping to go under 11 (seconds), but I'll definitely take it. The time is a personal best for me timed electrically. I'm pretty happy.

"The last two weeks have been incredible. Being in South Africa (with the Wallabies), diving with sharks. The win in Bloemfontein and then coming back here and preparing for my first Test match in a year, and then tonight. Even yesterday, I was rally car driving with Mazda, it's just been a crazy couple of weeks," he added.

There has already been talk of Turner having to defend his crown, with another race being planned before the end of the year whereby the missing AFL players will compete, as well as one or two other possibles.

This type of format would be great to see in other big rugby countries, although it’s debatable whether it should be over 40m or 100m. Who would you pick to take part in your country?

Time: 04:42



  • FIRST.. hehe hahaha.. IT'S NARI BITCHES

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 17, 2010 1:13 pm  

  • Tim Visser for the dutch!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 17, 2010 1:37 pm  

  • In the portuguese rugby team we have at least 4 guys that do it well below 11s...2 EASYYYYYY

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 17, 2010 1:40 pm  

  • 100 metres best distance for this. As an England supporter maybe Chris Ashton or Paul Sackey?

    Who is the fastest man officially in the Rugby Union at the moment anyhow?

    By Anonymous NiWiTa, at September 17, 2010 1:40 pm  

  • Z ngwenya, Uche Uduoza, dont like it but habana and a few others to name..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 17, 2010 1:43 pm  

  • Rupeni Cacau for the shotput!

    I'd love to see Tonderai Chavhanga over 100m. Over 40m it would be a non-contest imo

    By Anonymous Benson, at September 17, 2010 1:51 pm  

  • Chavanga and Ngwenya would get my money.

    By Anonymous katman, at September 17, 2010 1:58 pm  

  • look at how the two journalists are fighting over who interviews lachie turner first, its hilarious!! xD

    i'll just name a couple of union flyers from as many countries as possible

    tim visser-holland

    taduzwa ngwenya-usa

    brian habana, jonki nokwe, gio aplon and tonderai chavanga - south africa

    joe rokocoko, doug howlett and sitiveni sivivatu for new zealand

    shane williams and leigh halfpenny - wales

    vincent clerc, cedric heymans-france

    keith earls and tommy bowe - ireland

    chris ashton and jason robinson ^^ - england

    the evans bros for scotland (even though thom cant play anymore :'( )

    napoleoni nalaga, vilimoni delasau and the 2002-2003 edition of rupeni caucaunibuca for fidji !!!

    im most likely missing quite a few, but imo these flyers would ROCK !! :)

    By Anonymous Luxi, at September 17, 2010 2:01 pm  

  • gosh I miss these "challenges"

    Does anyone in the USA remember what these were called back in the 1970s and 1980s?
    You'd have the likes of Herschel Walker or Bruce Jenner competing against each other in things like obstacle courses and other feats of strength?

    By Anonymous cheyanqui, at September 17, 2010 2:32 pm  

  • takudzwa ngwenya should be the winner. he clearly faster than shane williams and lee byrne. and i think shane is the fastest in the 6 nations.

    By Anonymous techik, at September 17, 2010 2:34 pm  

  • This is WICKED!!

    I think all leagues/unions should do this at the beginning of every season! lol

    I think SA's times wud be the fastet tho.

    Habana, Chavanga, Aplon, Nokwe...
    shessh that wud be an awesome race.

    Hahaha this vid was awesome. Loved it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 17, 2010 3:04 pm  

  • Pierre Spies?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 17, 2010 3:06 pm  

  • Anybody know the time?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 17, 2010 3:10 pm  

  • Thoms Evans was, i'm pretty sure, officially the fastest in the 6 Nations before his injury! Im still not over just what we've lost there! :(

    Rupeni Caucau fastest man in Fiji? I dunno about that! Change the first "s" for another "t" and it may be nearer the truth! lol!

    By Anonymous Believer, at September 17, 2010 3:13 pm  

  • A Top14 edition:
    Biarritz: Ngwenya, USA; Balshaw, England
    Bourgoin: Nemani Nadolo, Fiji
    Clermont: Nalaga, Fiji; Malzieu, France
    Toulouse: Médard, Clerc, (Heymans a few years ago) France; Delasau, Fiji
    Castres: Andreu, France
    Toulon: Sackey, England
    RacingMetro: Fall, France; Bobo, Fiji
    StadeFrancais: Philips, England; Arias, France

    From other competitions, worth being seen: Habana, Shane Williams, Rokocoko, Howlett, Tommy Bowe, Ashton, Armitage...

    Great idea, anyway. 100m is good to compare to actual athletes.
    But for rugbyplayers, maybe 50 or 60m would be better...

    By Anonymous Seb, at September 17, 2010 3:13 pm  

  • The best of the video is the argy bargy between the journalists! hahahahaha

    By Blogger Rafael Takano, at September 17, 2010 3:31 pm  

  • Varndell (Eng) would clearly clean up. Otherwise I would have to say Aplon (S.A). A lot of the sevens converts would do well

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 17, 2010 3:37 pm  

  • Anonymous - 'Anybody know the time?'
    I find that infuriating, and a little stupid tbh. It's quicker to read it in the write-up than post a comment and wait for a reply. Lift your game bud.

    By Anonymous Greiffel, at September 17, 2010 3:41 pm  

  • England - Chris Ashton, James Simpson-Daniel, Ugo Monye, Tom Varndell, Mat Tait (2 years ago), Topsy Ojo, Dave Strettle, Ben Foden, Delon Armitage, Tom Williams, Mickey Young, Ben Youngs, Tom Croft, Noah Cato.

    New Zealand - Rico Gear, Mils Muliaina, Corey Jane, Most Sevens Specialists, well pretty much every super 14 winger as they are all there for a reason!

    South Africa - Van Geerhden, Spies, Habana, Nowke, Aplon, chavhanga all of them run sub 11 seconds, so with sprint training probably all could breach 10 seconds, crazy thought.

    Australia - James o'conner, Drew Mitchell, Lachie Turner (dur), Lotie Tuqiri, Any fast League players in NRL (prefer union so have no clue who in NRL :P), kurtley beale.

    Thats the 4 biggest rugby playing nations covered!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 17, 2010 3:48 pm  

  • I'd forgotten Varndell for England who is faster than a ferret up a drainpipe!

    Reckon looking at the speed boys that SA would take it at 100 metres, Gio Aplon is faster that ferret up a drainpipe with a firecracker attached to the tail

    By Anonymous NiWiTa, at September 17, 2010 3:55 pm  

  • Rodney Davies of the Queensland Reds. He was injured at the time of this race but he runs under 11 quite easily

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 17, 2010 4:07 pm  

  • being fastest at 100m sprint... Quite usefull when you plan to run the ball from your own ingoal area. Seems to me the guy on the inside lane has the most usefull speed: quick start and fastest over 60m.
    Nice video anyway!

    By Anonymous dutchrugbyplayer, at September 17, 2010 4:10 pm  

  • First off cheers for posting the video!

    England: Ugo Monye (10.6 as a schoolboy), Tom Varndell

    South Africa: Habana, Nokwe, Chavanga, Aplon, Spies (10.7), Zahier Ryland, KANKOWSKI!

    Australia: Brent Stapleton is suposed to be lightning fast (10.33) but I don't know if he plays for a proper time, Rodney Davies, James O'Connor

    Samoa: Mikaele Pesamino

    Fiji: Delasau, Ligairi (still quick even though old), Sireli Bobo.

    To be honest though, I've gotta facny a SOuth African for the win, that country has so much gas!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 17, 2010 4:22 pm  

  • To the anon suggesting that a bunch of the south african's could go under 10 seconds its worth pointing out that no south african has ever (as in ever in recorded athletic history) officially gone under 10 seconds.

    I'm pretty sure the first one isn't going to be a rugby player.

    Also i think we've had this out on this site before but Spies never ran a 10.6. if he did that would have put him among the fastest men in the country in the last few years (about 10.5 gets you into the top 10).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 17, 2010 4:39 pm  

  • no drew mitchell in there?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 17, 2010 5:14 pm  

  • it is ridiculously hard to run under 11 seconds but sub-10 is phenomenal.

    the suggestion that south african rugby players could run under sub-10 with sprint training is ridiculous. most countries national record is above 10 seconds.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 17, 2010 6:47 pm  

  • Ireland have a pretty poor amount of speedsters. Fionn carr(see latest magners league vid) would have a good bit of toe compared to the international lads like bowe or earls...or hayes.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 17, 2010 7:00 pm  

  • Actually, in response to many negative comments, our beloved Sean Maloney and the boys from Plays of the Week claimed in the "Bam Bam!" video that Pierre Spies had a 100m time of 10.7 secs!

    By Anonymous SuperTuga, at September 17, 2010 7:05 pm  

  • The ignorance on here is quite stunning as usual.

    Tonderi Chavenga is the fastest is world rugby by sum distance. It was rumoured he could run 10.27, but according to himself “I was not bad, but it’s not true that I ran the 100m in 10.27 seconds. It was 10.5."

    No one would get near him. Someone here said Sackey? Are you having a laugh. He was timed slower than Cipriani, as they have the same spirnt coach, both arnt particularly fast.

    Fastest in England would have been Varndell and Udoza or whatever he is called is pretty fast.

    It's all vainity anyway as its your speed of 10metres which is important in rugby.

    Sighting school boy times is nonsense as they will have gained at least anywhere from 10kg to 15kg in the gym by the time they start playing pro.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 17, 2010 7:35 pm  

  • definitely monye, walcott and ashton

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 17, 2010 8:55 pm  

  • there used to be a guy playing for western force called brett stapleton who could run the 100m in 10.27. hardcore gaming fans may remember that he was the 2nd fastest guy on EA Rugby after caucau.

    By Anonymous Chris Boy, at September 17, 2010 9:16 pm  

  • nice but not any footballplyer in this video
    foot= foot ball= ball you kik with ball
    so football rugby = handball!! rugby cool

    By Anonymous phil meyfield, at September 17, 2010 11:18 pm  

  • soocer is incoect meaning!
    football= soccer ( gay meaning!)
    rugby is rugby and NOT FOOTBALL!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 17, 2010 11:19 pm  

  • So, not only can you not spell or seem to form a complete thought, Anonymous, but you're also completely oblivious to what "football" means. A game played on foot, rugby is certainly a code of football; it has been ever since its inception.

    Association football (aka "soccer") is just another - albeit inferior! ;) - kind of football.

    ...moving on...

    Yeah, I know he's not the fastest over any large distance or anything, but I'd say Shane Williams has one of the most explosive 10m out there...or yeah Gio Aplon. Maybe it's because they're smaller guys, though, and it looks like they're just bursting off the line...I dunno.

    Either way, it would be pretty cool if other countries had this sort of fun inter-sport exhibition.

    By Anonymous david byrne's suit, at September 17, 2010 11:29 pm  

  • and again, Union beats league. gotta love it

    By Anonymous union, at September 17, 2010 11:55 pm  

  • Greg Inglis 6'4" 110 kgs. 12.5 seconds is pretty good.

    Heaps of fast guys in league not there though and I know a few AFL guys have been timed under 11 seconds. Turner fastest man in this race though.

    By Anonymous overload, at September 18, 2010 12:13 am  

  • WHat's all this Bowe non-sense?!?
    Fitzy, Earls and Carr are all faster than Bowe in the broad Ireland set up.

    By Anonymous mise, at September 18, 2010 12:27 am  

  • agree^^^^^^^^ Bowe is not that fast.makes up for it with great ball skills,hunger,workrate though.

    i think a lot of people confuse quickness with sheer physical speed.for example,shane williams has very QUICK feet,and is very QUICK over 10 metres,but would get his arse handed to him by plenty of international wingers in a 100 metre race

    By Anonymous Leeners93, at September 18, 2010 12:37 am  

  • For South Africa:

    Aplon (for 40 metres)
    van den heever

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 18, 2010 3:45 am  

  • congrats Lachie Turner :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 18, 2010 7:25 am  

  • "Greg Inglis 6'4" 110 kgs. 12.5 seconds is pretty good"

    So are the likes of Tom Croft and Pierre Spies and they're around the 11.0 mark

    By Anonymous Chris Boy, at September 18, 2010 10:40 am  

  • A 40m race would see the heavier athletic guys have more of a chance. 100m for wingers.

    By Anonymous zonk, at September 18, 2010 11:07 am  

  • Comparing Spies to Greg Inglis is a travesty. I'm not even Australian but honestly you have to see GI to believe him. He is a far superior athlete to Spies.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 18, 2010 11:36 am  

  • its nice to know i could beat greg inglis in a foot race ha ha.
    cool race anyway

    By Anonymous Gary, at September 18, 2010 12:47 pm  

  • Let's put it into perspective with Greg Inglis...... he has recently finished a meaningless season with the Melbourne Storm due to the salary cap scandal, plus his season finished a while ago so he's probably been partying it up a bit.

    He also probably eased off the gas a fair bit when he saw he was gonna come last so his time is probably a bit misleading.

    More to the point, despite not being as quick off the mark as someone like Hayne, I don't think I've ever seen him run down from behind.

    But what makes him so dynamic on the field is his awesome power and unbelievable fend.

    Clearly he's not an out and out speedster like the others in this race and also many others in various footy codes around the world but I don't think this race really does him justice. He's got speed when it counts on the field.

    I'd love to see him in rugby.... he would blow the rugby world away.

    By Anonymous Hi Ho, at September 18, 2010 1:08 pm  

  • This is the fastest man in football, because it is across all the codes played in Australia,
    AFL, NRL, Rugby Union and Soccer.
    Lachie Turner would have been trounced if the real speedsters in league would have been allowed to race... Unforuntaley it is finals time for rugby league, and many of the speedsters were not allowed to race because their teams did not want an injury.
    Rumored fastest man in rugby league is Chris Heighington, who runs the 100 in under 10.7 (apparently). I would also say that Brent Stapleton, in good form, would probably be the fastest man in rugby union (worldwide).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 18, 2010 1:58 pm  

  • talking about big fast guys how about lawes (second row) as he can shift... and don't forget jonah lomu in his prime :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 18, 2010 2:02 pm  

  • Inglis is a superior athlete to Spies? don't be silly.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 18, 2010 2:28 pm  

  • Isn't Chris Heighington a forward?

    Are you sure it's not Chris Lawerence?

    By Blogger Jeroz, at September 18, 2010 3:24 pm  

  • What a cool idea! Get some American NFLer's in there and cancel Christmas. Nobody in any code is as fast as the NFL. Don't believe me? Watch the 100m in the Olympics. They don't look like Lachie Turner!

    By Anonymous TB, at September 18, 2010 5:14 pm  

  • ^^^
    Are you being racist?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 18, 2010 6:52 pm  

  • What TB is trying to say is that black people are better sprinters than whites. More fast twitch muscle fibers or something.

    The fastest NFL players do the 100m in around 10-11 seconds. Same times as the fastest ruggers.

    By Anonymous 2000years, at September 18, 2010 11:12 pm  

  • I was told by his coach at the university of pretoria that Gerhard Van den Heever was the fastest guy they had seen in the last ten years. He said he was even faster than habana at the same age. Can't remember the time tho

    By Blogger Oli, at September 19, 2010 12:08 am  

  • Jeroz, your quite right, my apologies... Some reason i always get them mixed up.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 19, 2010 1:11 am  

  • LOL? GI is a superior athlete to Spies? Look where GI came in the race mate, LAST. 100m in 13 seconds... Spies does it in under 11 seconds.

    By Anonymous Asseri, at September 19, 2010 3:24 am  

  • Hi Ho, stop trying to make excuses for your aboriginal idol. He wouldn't blow the rugby world away. Look at Tahu - ineffective and owned by Jean de Villiers, big time. Then was sent packing back to league because he knew deep down that he wasn't good enough. Now he's shoulder charging with all the other scum in the inferior sport and is enjoying himself again, so it all worked out in the end. :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 19, 2010 3:30 am  

  • inglis pulled up after 20m, so his time definately isnt representative of his time. spies is powerful and quick but he doesnt come close to inglis in ball skills and evasiveness. its a real shame that they didnt get the real speedsters for this, jennings, gordon and alot of others would have been better. i remember back in the days when each team would nominate their fastest player to race.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 19, 2010 5:04 am  

  • the fact that the nfl guys can be quicker is more proof of how different the sports are, those guys are straight sprinters from the track. rugby and league players have too concentrate on so many other things that their out and out speed is gona suffer.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 19, 2010 5:08 am  

  • Marika vunibaka from fidji watch him on youtube

    By Anonymous goo, at September 19, 2010 6:55 am  

  • @2000years NFL guys would be considerably faster than any other code of footballer.

    check out a guy called "Bullet" Bob Hayes, he was an NFL wide reciever who was also 100m olymipic champion and world record holder lol

    By Anonymous Chris Boy, at September 19, 2010 1:10 pm  

  • In France there was long time ago a tv programm where athletes from differents sport had to do some kind of "decathlon" (runnin, jumping, swimming, gym,...) and the best score ever recorded was, i believe, from M. Gareth Edwards.
    It could be nice to see that sort of event being reproduce today, and i truelly believe that the worst athletes are those who have the higher salary (exept maybe for NBA)...
    And sorry for my froggy english.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 19, 2010 7:27 pm  

  • Spies has offically been times at 10.7, check his official DVD.

    Habana has been re raced and is now confirmed as fastest recorded rugby player at 10.2 and to his admition could go faster with specific sprint training, anyone involved with rugby and sprinting will understand that you can make massive strides in pace when switching from endurance running (rugby) to short burst sprint efforts, with tutoring on position and technique from the start of the sprint to how you should finish a race.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 19, 2010 9:11 pm  

  • ^ You can't make claims like that without providing some official proof. I personally have never heard anything about Habana being officially 're-raced' and coming up as the fastest rugby player. That's absolute bollocks imo.

    By Anonymous Benson, at September 19, 2010 9:34 pm  

  • Rugby is not about who can sprint the fastest. It's about making space so you have room to sprint lol.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 20, 2010 12:05 am  

  • How many union guys have dominated league? They are pretty different sports don't blame Tahu cause he didn't fit in.

    By Anonymous aboidol, at September 20, 2010 12:09 am  

  • @ Gary, having never met you and having no idea what you look like.... I still think Greg Inglis would OWN you in a foot-race.

    It looked as though Inglis pulled up anyway....

    Plus I really don't think Spies could run anywhere near 11 seconds for 100m.... He's obviously very quick for a big guy... but I would love to see him out on the track to prove all these numbers.

    I reckon Hosea Gear would put in a decent time.... Great running style, hips steady and low to the ground etc..

    By Anonymous JJamie, at September 20, 2010 12:57 am  

  • i'd put my house on James O'Connor over a 40m sprint - as I'm sure a lot of people who watched the tri-nations recently will attest to.

    By Anonymous Matt_Drinks_New, at September 20, 2010 3:37 am  

  • actually - hold that bet - if anyone's seen Clinton Sills from the Aust 7's team off the mark, he might be the cash cow.

    throw in the fastest players from the other quality test nations, and we've got ourselves a race!

    By Anonymous Matt_Drinks_New, at September 20, 2010 5:34 am  

  • Some of these South Africans hyping up Spies over GI need to have an unbiased watch of a GI highlights reel on youtube. The guy is a freak. he can do things that Spies (who has been hidden away in the forward pack) can't come close to. Spies isn't even the best athlete in SA, let alone the best athlete in world rugby as some people seem to think.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 20, 2010 6:40 am  

  • Spies is impressive in the gym and in a straight dash. But the man constantly loses ground for us when he picks and goes off the back of the scrum. I don't know what it is but the man can't fend off a tackle (well in international rugby at least).

    By Anonymous Andymo, at September 20, 2010 1:53 pm  

  • all the man love for spies needs to stop, he got bitched by kieran reid this tri nations and all anyone ever says about him are stats which are blatantly bullshit. Greg Inglis is the most talented athlete in any code of football anywhere, and we see that not from crappy stats but from the miracles he performs in matches.

    Anyway, in England the Super League does a race every year and it's been won the last 2 years by a Leeds Rhinos academy winger called Jamal Chisholm. So he would have to be in it.

    From Football... Gabby Agbonlahor and Theo Walcott are the English lads I can think of who are seriously quick.

    Then from Union. Tom Varndell and Ugo Monye would take it go in.

    Anyone claiming Jason Robinson, Shane Williams, Fionn Carr etc. can go away because those guys aren't quick over 100m.

    From Scotland Thom Evans was speedy but unfortunately he can't run anymore. Wales you'd have to say Tom Prydie, Aled Brew and Leigh Halfpenny - although I think Daniel Evans sprinted for Wales as a schoolboy. Might be wrong.

    Ireland - Kieth Earls.

    France - Clerc.

    There's obviously the famous ones like Chavhanga, Habana, and Nokwe from SA. Bjorn Basson looks seriously quick too. So does van den Heever.

    Nalaga out of the Fijians I can think of. And Akila Uate from Newcastle.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 20, 2010 3:45 pm  

  • Im a rugby fanatic, but would have to say the last 2 seasons of NRL have definatley been more entertaining - and partly due to GI, he is an amazing athlete, it's like he toys with the opposition - he owned the league tri series last year! Spies is a specimen as well, and i think wouldn't look outta place too much in league. I might have to pick GI over 100m(if he didn't slow up) But,Spies over 60m.
    As for fast guys - I don't think any NZers would feature highly, perhaps Gear or Maitland.
    Aus - Michael Jennings, Rodney Davies
    SA - Chavhanga, Nokwe
    Unfortunatley I don't get to see too much northern hemisphere footage down here.
    Didn't Dwain Chambers have a hit out for Castleford League or something?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 20, 2010 11:13 pm  

  • Chavhanga and Ngwena used to compete at age group sprints in Zimbabwe. Both of them were real sprinters before turning to rugby and have times of around 10.5

    And Spies may be fast, but have a look at highlights from the Sharks/Cheetahs game on the weekend if you want to see real pace from the back of the scrum. Ryan Kankowski seemed to beat defenders at will on a number of occasions - really motors for a big fella.

    By Anonymous katman, at September 21, 2010 12:09 pm  

  • people talking up the NFL players as faster are idiots, chris johnson's official 100m is a 10.38its mind bending speed but i'd imagine Ngwenya and Davies among others are right there.

    By Anonymous ActualNFLfan, at September 21, 2010 3:14 pm  

  • Chris Boy said:

    "check out a guy called "Bullet" Bob Hayes, he was an NFL wide reciever who was also 100m olymipic champion and world record holder lol"

    Bob Hayes was an olympic sprinter that got recruited into the NFL. That would be like recruiting Usain Bolt into a rugby team and saying 'Oh look at how fast rugby players are' lol.

    By Anonymous 12d, at September 21, 2010 11:50 pm  

  • FYI - That young French sprinter who recently went under 10 seconds was the first white guy to do so. Its just a biological thing.
    Secondly, there is a huge difference watching the speed of NFL blokes running on firm astroturf (mostly) versus rugby players on grass in boots.

    By Anonymous ChrisB, at September 22, 2010 9:12 am  

  • Collins Injera!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 23, 2010 1:00 pm  

  • Dwain chambers has run 9.97 and is an olympic sprinter. he also played a few games for castleford rugby league.... dont believe me check it out for yourself....... argument over.
    fastest footballer ever = dwain chambers (england)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 16, 2010 10:50 am  

  • How about a relay race, 4x100?

    Imagine Nokwe, Chavanga, Habana and Aplon on SA. Hosea Gear, Sivivatu, Rokocoko and Muliaina (maybe) for NZ.

    Scotland could still compete Thom Evans in this one hopefully, he was bullet fast. Ugo Monye, Armitage, Youngs and Varndell for England.

    Anyway, you get the idea, I think that would be pretty amazing to be honest.

    By Blogger Rowan DeBues, at October 17, 2010 8:11 pm  

  • Sisa Koyamaibole, the big Fijian 8 deserves a mention in terms of big boys with wheels. I remember reading an article about him shortly after hed moved to Sale and the time quoted was definitely under 12 seconds (im not going to make one up). my research has been fruitless however so i cant give you an exact time. i dont know how fast the big man would be now, i know Sale were trying very hard to get him in shape after he turned up there at around 130kg!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 03, 2010 1:13 am  

  • Jeff Demps for the Florida Gators? officially fastest high school kid for 100m with a time of 10.01s at the 2008 olympic trials, second behind tyson gay in that race, and winner of the 2010 collegiate 100m in a time 10.06s after putting on 20lbs for american football. neigh sayers, look it up on youtube.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 03, 2010 2:41 pm  

  • if you guys want to check someone out, have a look at christian wade, he's in the england sevens set up and wasps academy, definately would be up there with the fastest england player whoever that maybe. He went to my school and while he was there 2 years a go he ran 10.7 or something like that

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 03, 2010 7:40 pm  

  • everyone needs to see this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqpogtcV1Yk
    there's a bit right at the end where chavanga chases down habana, doesn't make the tackle, but hey he gets there, covering a lot more ground than habana was. as for paul sackey, he's not the fastest by any means, he's got ok accelaration but cadence (how fast his legs are moving) is awfull meaning low top speed. Tom varndell would contend with any of the top three i think, he's got the mix of accelaration and top speed neccesary for the 100m.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 26, 2010 10:54 am  

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