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New Zealander Dan Carter is the highest point scorer in Test match rugby history and is considered by many to be the greatest ever to play the fly-half position, but he enjoys another distinction with respect to his peers: the most Instagram followers.

INSTAGRAM KINGS OF RUGBY

Kings of Instagram: Dan Carter, Sonny Bill Williams, Johnathan Thurston rule rugby

With almost a million Instagram followers, Carter leads No. 2 (Sonny Bill Williams) by a smidgeon, and almost doubles the tally of No. 3 Beauden John Barrett and No. 4 (Nick Cummins). Carter is one of three Kiwis to make the top ten. Only Australia has more players represented, with four.

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UPDATED January 4, 2020

10) CAMERON SMITH

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Cameron Smith
Current team: Melbourne Storm
Born June 18, 1983 🇦🇺 Brisbane, Australia
Instagram followers: 209 thousand

9) CONOR MURRAY

Conor Murray
Current team: Munster Rugby
Born April 20, 1989 🇮🇪 Limerick, Ireland
Instagram followers: 237 thousand

8) BRIAN O’DRISCOLL

Brian Gerard O’Driscoll
Last team: Leinster Rugby
Born January 21, 1979 🇮🇪 Dublin, Ireland
Instagram followers: 314 thousand

7) OWEN FARRELL

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Owen Andrew Farrell
Current team: Saracens Football Club
Born September 24, 1991 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Billinge, England
Instagram followers: 334 thousand

6) ISRAEL FOLAU

Israel Folau
Last team: New South Wales Waratahs
Born April 3, 1989 🇦🇺 Minto, Australia
Instagram followers: 355 thousand

5) JOHNATHAN THURSTON

Johnathan Dean Thurston
Last team: North Queensland Cowboys
Born April 25, 1983 🇦🇺 Brisbane, Australia
Instagram followers: 385 thousand

4) NICK CUMMINS

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Nick M. Cummins
Last team: Coca-Cola Red Sparks
Born October 5, 1987 🇦🇺 Port Macquarie, Australia
Instagram followers: 459 thousand

3) BEAUDEN BARRETT

Beauden John Barrett
Current team: Aukland Blues
Born May 27, 1991 🇳🇿 Taranaki, New Zealand
Instagram followers: 554 thousand

2) SONNY BILL WILLIAMS

Sonny William Williams
Current team: Toronto Wolfpack
Born August 3, 1985 🇳🇿 Auckland, New Zealand
Instagram followers: 957 thousand

1) DAN CARTER

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Daniel William Carter
Current team: Racing 92
Born March 5, 1982 🇳🇿 Leeston, New Zealand
Instagram followers: 972 thousand