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Jonathan Ionatana Falefasa "Tana" Umaga, ONZM ( /ˈtɑːnə ˈuːmʌŋə/; Samoan: [ˈtana ˈuːmaŋa]; born 27 May 1973 in Lower Hutt) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer and former captain of the national team, the All Blacks. He played for the Hurricanes starting with the Super 12's inception in 1996 and took over the captaincy in 2003. Graham Henry named him as All Blacks captain in 2004; under his leadership the All Blacks won 19 of their 21 games including the clean sweep of the British and Irish Lions and the Grand Slam in 2005. At the end of 2005, after 74 Test caps (where he scored 36 tries), Umaga retired from international rugby. Umaga played four games in 2007 for the Wellington Lions in the Air New Zealand Cup, in order to play 100 matches for the province, before taking up the position of coach at Toulon.
His coaching future was uncertain in the 2008–09 season, as Toulon was a poor performer in the first half of the season and facing a relegation scare, and there was speculation that he would be replaced by Philippe Saint-André. Umaga returned to a playing role for Toulon in the second half of that season, and at the same time announced that he would not continue as head coach
Al Baxter (born 21 January 1977) is an Australian rugby union player. He currently plays for the Waratahs in Super Rugby. He played in the 2003 and 2007 Rugby World Cups, but was not selected for the 2011 squad.
Baxter made his Wallaby debut against the All Blacks during the 2003 Bledisloe Cup. He recently earned his 50th test cap against Canada during the 2007 Rugby World Cup. He has become only the second Australian prop to reach the milestone along with former NSW Waratahs coach Ewen McKenzie. He is currently the most capped Wallaby prop. Baxter has been named in the current Tri Nations squad and he is the first choice tighthead prop for the Wallabies. Baxter scored his first Super Rugby try on his 100th appearance for the NSW Waratahs.
Away from rugby, Baxter has a degree in architecture.
Jon-Paul Roger "JP" Pietersen (born 12 July 1986 in Stellenbosch, South Africa) is a South African rugby union footballer. He generally plays fullback or wing for the Sharks (in the Super Rugby competition) and the Natal Sharks in the Currie Cup. He has 45 test caps with the Springboks.
Pietersen was educated at the Hoërskool Generaal Hertzog in Witbank, but made his provincial debut with the Natal Sharks as a 19-year old during the 2005 Currie Cup season. His 2006 Super 14 season was disrupted by injuries but despite this, he was included in the South African under-21 team to compete at the 2006 Under 21 Rugby World Championship. South Africa made the final, but were defeated by the hosts, France. Upon arriving back to South Africa after the under-21 World Championship he was named in the Springboks' 2006 Tri Nations Series squad where he debuted against New Zealand at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg.
Pietersen's deceptive pace and gliding runs make him an unpredictable back-line player, with the ability to break the line at will and create attacking opportunities for his team. He is also a clinical finisher, and was the leading try scorer in the 2007 Super 14 competition
Waisale Tikoisolomoni Serevi (born 20 May 1968 in Suva, Fiji) is a former Fijian rugby union footballer, and coach. Although he played fifteen-a-side rugby throughout his playing career, Serevi is most notable for his achievements in rugby sevens. He is widely considered one of the greatest rugby players ever, especially in the game of sevens.
In the 15-man game, he played for Fiji 39 times between 1989 and 2003, and scored 376 points. This included representing Fiji in the 1991, 1999, and 2003 Rugby World Cups. He has also played professionally for the Mitsubishi, Leicester, Stade Montois, Stade Bordelais and Staines rugby teams.
His representative sevens career started in 1989 when he played for Fiji at the Hong Kong tournament. With the exception of 2001, 2003 and 2004 he has played at Hong Kong every year since. Serevi has also played in the 1993, 1997, 2001, and 2005 Rugby World Cup Sevens, winning the World Cup with Fiji in 1997 and 2005. He won silver at the Commonwealth Games in 1998 and 2002, and captured bronze in 2006. Serevi has played in the International Rugby Board Sevens Series since its creation in 1999. In 2005 after winning the 2005 Rugby World Cup Sevens Serevi
Justin Harrison, born 20 April 1974 in Sydney, is a former Australian international rugby union player, who played lock forward as is currently forwards coach for RC Narbonne in France.
Discovered in 1993 by GoldRats Rugby Union Club of Southern Cross University, Lismore, New South Wales whilst studying coastal and fisheries management, he then moved onto the Tuggeranong Vikings Rugby Union Club in Canberra, he made the 1994 Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Under-21s and then the Australian Universities team. The following year, he played in the Australian U21s team and made his debut for the ACT against New South Wales B. He made his Super 12 debut with the Brumbies in 1997.
He made his international début as Australia took on the British and Irish Lions in the third and final test of the 2001 series; at the time Harrison was a student studying for a Bachelor of Applied Science in Sports Administration at the University of Canberra from which he graduated in 2001.
A veteran of the 2003 Rugby World Cup, Harrison joined the New South Wales Waratahs at the beginning of 2004 for one season before moving to the northern hemisphere to play for Ulster.
As of 23 May 2006, Harrison had
Andrea Lo Cicero (full name Andrea Lo Cicero Vaina, born Catania, 7 May 1976) is an Italian rugby union footballer.
Born in Catania, Sicily, Lo Cicero began his professional career in the town of his birth with Amatori Catania. Later he moved to Bologna and then to Rugby Rovigo, winning his first Italian Championship in 2000 with Rugby Roma. Subsequently he played for a season in the French team Stade Toulousain. He then played for L'Aquila and he currently plays for Racing Métro, now in France's Top 14.
Lo Cicero was included in Italy's squad for the 1999 Rugby World Cup but did not see any action and had to wait until the following year to make his international debut. It came against England in 2000 when he had the difficult task of filling the gap left by the Azzurri prop and captain Massimo Cuttitta.
He was named in the BBC's dream XV at the 2004 Six Nations Championship and was part of the Barbarians squad to take on New Zealand later that year. Lo Cicero was the only European player to receive a call, and he capped the feat by scoring a try. In 2005 he again represented the Barbarians for their matches against Scotland and England.
In the 2007 Six Nations Championship, he
Simon Thomas Maling (born 3 June 1975 in Christchurch, New Zealand) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer and former All Black. His usual playing position is at lock. He joined the Scarlets at the start of the 2008–09 European season, leaving Suntory Sungoliath in Japan, where he played for three years from 2005 to 2008. In mid-2009, at age 34, Maling hung up his boots and retired from rugby returning to his native New Zealand to live.
Maling was born in Christchurch, New Zealand. He grew up in Cashmere, Christchurch and attended Christ's College where he excelled at both rowing and rugby union. Upon finishing school he moved to Dunedin to study at the University of Otago.
As a student at the University of Otago he shared a flat with fellow All Blacks Anton Oliver and Tony Brown.
His first class debut came with three matches for New Zealand Colts in 1996, two of them at the Southern Hemisphere Under 21 tournament. The following year he made three Super 14 appearances for the Highlanders, played once for the Rugby Academy and had eight matches for Otago, mostly as a replacement.
Maling played for the Otago Highlanders in the Super 14 competition starting in 1997 for a total of
Keven Mealamu (born 20 March 1979 in Tokoroa, Waikato, New Zealand) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. He plays at hooker for the Blues in Super Rugby, Auckland in the National Provincial Championship, and the New Zealand national team, All Blacks.
He is a former student of Aorere College, where his brother and former Manu Samoa player Luke Mealamu currently works as a social worker. He played as a flanker for New Zealand Under-16s and New Zealand Schools before switching to hooker in 1998.
He made his debut for the All Blacks on 23 November 2002, against Wales at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Mealamu's provincial rugby debut was for Auckland in 1999. He first played for the Blues in 2000, but had a stint with the Chiefs in 2002 – the same year he debuted for the All Blacks. Mealamu also made a fine contribution to the start of the All Blacks' 2006 Tri Nations campaign with two tries against the Wallabies during the first match. Mealamu captained the Blues through their 2006 Super 14 campaign, but was forced to relinquish the captaincy in 2007 due to his commitments to the All Blacks. Mealamu was made test captain in the test match against Scotland during the All Blacks 2008
Vincent Clerc (born May 7, 1981) is a French rugby union player who plays on the wing.
Born in the city of Échirolles, suburb of the south of Grenoble (Isère), Clerc first played rugby at FC Grenoble, helping them reach the Top 16 before moving to Toulouse in 2002, where he has been playing ever since. He earned his first cap for France on November 9, 2002 against South Africa, and was selected as a member of the 2007 Rugby World Cup squad. He scored 5 tries during the first two games of the 2008 Six Nations Championship against Scotland and Ireland. In a post-match interview after the match against Ireland Clerc stated to the French TV channel France 2 that he "never would have been able to score a hat-trick if Shane Horgan had been playing." Horgan and Clerc have had a long rivalry and, unfortunately for Ireland, Horgan was unfit to play. In the 2007 RBS 6 Nations tournament Vincent scored a last gasp try against Ireland. In the last game of that series of games Vincent Clerc helped France to trounce Scotland to give them the title.
During the 2008 6 Nations, media attention focused on the final match of the tournament, where Clerc and Shane Williams would play as opposite
Sione Tuitupu Lauaki (born 22 June 1981 in Tonga) is a Tongan rugby union footballer who plays for Bayonne. He previously played for the New Zealand national team, the All Blacks. His brother, Epalahame Lauaki, is a 2nd row rugby league footballer previously playing for Hull in the Super League competition.
He attended Waitakere College in Auckland where he made the first XV in 1998. He later moved to Kelston Boys High School, where he also played in the first XV. He played his club rugby for Waitemata Rugby Football and Sports Club and was instrumental in their Gallaher Shield win in 2003. He was the fourth All Black to come from the Waitemata club after Adrian Clarke, Ken Carrington and the great Michael Jones.
While playing for the combined Pacific Islanders team in 2004 he scored Test match tries against Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. He was one of the two Pacific Islanders rugby union team players picked for the All Blacks, the other being winger, Sitiveni Sivivatu.
He has played loose forward for the All Blacks, with whom he made his debut in 2005 against Fiji. His final match for New Zealand was in 2008 against Samoa. During his time with the All Blacks he was
Alexander James "Ali" Williams (born 30 April 1981 in Auckland) is a New Zealand rugby union player at the position of lock. He represented Auckland and plays for the Blues in the Super 14, when he signed for the Tasman provincial side. In 2008, he played for the Crusaders in the Super 14 and in 2010 signed on loan for Nottingham Rugby in the Championship. He has played for the All Blacks since 2002 and was in the All Blacks squad for the 2003, 2007 and 2011 World Cups. In 2005, NZ Rugby Almanack chose him as one of its five players of the year.
An advert he commentated for a product his company sells, "Water for Everyone", was found by the Chairman of the Advertising Standards Authority New Zealand to have potentially broken some Codes of Advertising including the codes of advertising to children. The advert was discontinued so did not go before the full ASA board, thus the case was considered settled.
Williams did not begin playing rugby until 1998 when, aged 17, he played for the King's College Second XV. He had already represented Auckland at junior level in soccer, tennis and cricket. In 1999, he was a member of the King's College First XV and at this stage he decided to
Keith Gerard Earls (born 2 October 1987 in Moyross, County Limerick) is an Irish rugby union footballer for Munster in the RaboDirect Pro12 and Heineken Cup. Internationally, Earls plays for Ireland, and he represented the British and Irish Lions on their 2009 tour to South Africa. He plays as an Outside Centre, Winger or Fullback. He won a Munster Senior Cup medal with St. Munchin's.
Earls made his Munster debut against Ospreys in April 2007. During the 2007/08 season, Earls was part of the Munster squad that beat Toulouse in the 2008 Heineken Cup Final. In the 2008/09 season, Earls really made his mark in the Munster first team, scoring 10 tries, including 2 in the Heineken Cup quarter-final against Ospreys in May 2009 and a hat-trick in the Magners League against Newport Gwent Dragons in September 2008. He played for Munster during their historic 15–6 win over Australia on 16 November 2010. Earls was also part of the Munster team that beat Leinster to win the 2011 Magners League Grand Final.
He injured his knee in the first minute of Munster's Rabo Direct Pro12 match against Leinster on 4 November 2011, and was ruled out for 4–6 weeks. He made his return against Scarlets in
Rodney So'oialo (born 3 October 1979 in Moto'otua, Samoa) is a New Zealand rugby union player currently playing in Japan for the Honda Heat. Previously, he had been a stalwart for the Hurricanes in the Super Rugby competition, making 101 appearances for the franchise. He also made 62 test appearances for the All Blacks between 2002 and 2009. His usual position is at number eight.
In 2001, So'oialo played for the New Zealand Rugby sevens team at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Mar del Plata, Argentina, which New Zealand won. The next year he was again a member of the New Zealand sevens team, winning gold at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.
He made his debut for the All Blacks on 23 November 2002, playing at no. 8 in a match against the Welsh at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.The following year he started at no.8 for a test against England in June, and then as a reserve in a test against the Springboks in July. So'oialo earned four caps at the 2003 World Cup in Australia, scoring two tries. He was a reserve in the game against Italy in Melbourne, but started at no.8 in the next game against Canada at Telstra Dome, scoring two tries. He played all of the All Blacks' subsequent
Alesana "Alex" Tuilagi (born 24 February 1981) is a Samoan rugby union footballer. He currently plays for the NTT Shining Arcs in the Japanese club competition, the Top League, and has appeared numerous times for his national team Samoa. He previously played for Parma in Italy and for Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership. As an incredibly strong player, Tuilagi uses his blend of pace and power to good effect, proving a nightmare for many defences.
The Tuilagi family has strong connections with Leicester Tigers; Alex's brothers Henry, Anitelea (Andy), and Fereti (Freddie) are all former players and two younger brothers, Vavae and Manu Tuilagi both played in a game for Leicester Tigers against the Classic All-Blacks, on the 25 May 2008.
Whilst at Parma, whom he played with for two seasons, he was equal second top try scorer of the league for the 2003–04 season, with 12 tries in total for the season. He helped them get to the semi-finals of both the domestic competition, and the ParkerPen Shield. He made his debut for Samoa in a 2003 Rugby World Cup qualifier against Fiji in June 2002.
He was included in the Pacific Islanders rugby union team tour to Europe in late 2006 and
Jonathan Peter "Jonny" Wilkinson OBE (born 25 May 1979 in Frimley, Surrey) is an English rugby union player and former member of the England national team. Wilkinson rose to acclaim from 2001 to 2003, before and during the 2003 Rugby World Cup and was acknowledged as one of the world’s best rugby union players. He was an integral member of the 2003 Rugby World Cup-winning England squad, scoring the winning drop goal in the last minute of extra time against Australia in the 2003 Rugby World Cup Final. He then came back from several injuries to lead England to the final of the 2007 world cup. He plays his club rugby union for Toulon following twelve seasons in the English Premiership with the Newcastle Falcons. Wilkinson has also toured twice with the British and Irish Lions, in 2001 to Australia and 2005 to New Zealand, scoring 67 Test points in the 6 Lions test matches he has started. On 3 April 2009 at Guildford Cathedral, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Surrey for services to the sports industry. He announced his retirement from international rugby union in early December 2011.
At the age of twelve, while at Pierrepont School, Frensham, near Farnham,
Lome Fa'atau (born 23 October 1975 in Wellington, New Zealand) is a rugby union player. He currently plays for the Rugby Nice Côte d'Azur in the French Fédérale 1. The speedy winger is recognisable by his traditional Samoan tattoo (pe'a). Before his rugby career took off, he attended St Patricks College in Wellington, where he was a star basketball player for his college team. It was not until he left college did he begin playing rugby union for the local club Marist St.Pat's, where he made his debut in the third grade division at fullback.
He made his provincial debut in the 1999 season of the National Provincial Championship in New Zealand, playing for Wellington. The next year he joined Taranaki and became the leading try scorer for the province that season. The following year he returned to his old province in Wellington. In 2002 he played for the Hurricanes in the international Super 12 competition. Two years later he joined the Chiefs before returning to the Hurricanes.
He made his debut for Manu Samoa in 2002. Fa'atau played on the wing in all matches for Samoa in the 2003 World Cup in Australia, except for the match against Georgia, Fa'atau scored one try during the World
Scott Daruda (born 17 February 1986) is an Australian rugby union player. He currently plays for Manly Marlins franchise in Sydney. His usual position is either at fly-half or in the centres.
He was born in Arawa, Papua New Guinea. He went onto play for a number of Australian representative sides, such as the under-19s national side in 2004 and the under-21s in 2005. He also played in the Australian Commonwealth Youth Games Sevens.
Scott attended St. Joseph's Nudgee College from 1999-2003. He was a member of Riley House for four of those years, before becoming a pioneer student of Shaw House in its inaugural year. Scott Daruda played for the well-known Nudgee College First XV in 2002 and 2003, and captained the team in his senior year. The 2003 season is considered by many to be one of the toughest seasons on record, with some of the students involved in the competition including Lloyd Johansson, and Karmichael Hunt of the Queensland Reds and Brisbane Broncos respectively.
He signed for the Queensland Reds and made his debut during the 2005 Super 12 season. He then captained the under-19 national Australian side at the World Championships. He then signed for expansion franchise the
Christopher Douglas Paterson, MBE (born 30 March 1978 in Edinburgh) is an ambassador and specialist coach for the Scotland and Edinburgh rugby union teams. He is a former professional player who played for Scotland - and for the most part of is career - Edinburgh. Paterson is Scotland’s record cap and points holder with 109 caps and 809 points being capable in a range of positions, including fullback, wing and fly-half. In recent years he played the majority of his rugby as fullback.
Paterson retired from international rugby in December 2011 and as a professional player in May 2012.
Paterson started his rugby career with hometown club Gala, the highlight being a solo try that won Gala the 1999 Scottish Cup at Murrayfield. Soon after Paterson turned professional by signing for Glasgow where he played only two games before signing for Edinburgh Rugby. In becoming a professional player he dropped out from Edinburgh University where he was studying to become a PE teacher.
From 2000-2002 Paterson played in the Scottish/Welsh League, the predecessor to the competition now known as Pro12 (prior to the addition of Irish teams). He was part of the Edinburgh squad that reached the Heineken
Bernard Laporte (born 1 July 1964 in Rodez, Aveyron) is a rugby union coach and former French Secretary of State for Sport. He is currently the head coach at Toulon, having taken over in 2011 from Philippe Saint-André, who had been named the new head coach of the France national team. Laporte himself is a former head coach of France, serving in that role from 1999 to 2007. He was previously the coach at Stade Français. He was the first fully professional head coach of France.
He played rugby union at scrum-half and won the French Under-21 championship with UA Gaillac in 1983 and then again in 1984, in which he was captain. Seven years later he captained Begles-Bordeaux to the French championship.
Laporte's first coaching role was in the early 1990s, when he was assistant coach of the Stade Bordelais University club between 1993 and 1995. He took over at Stade Français in 1995, who were in the third division at the time. He took them right up to the first division in three seasons, winning the respective championships. The club were crowned champions of France in 1998, when they defeated USA Perpignan 34 to seven at Stade de France.
Laporte took over as head coach of the national
Christopher "Chris" Malone (born 8 January 1978 in Sydney) is an Australian rugby union footballer. A fly-half, he is currently playing for London Irish in England's Guinness Premiership. Before signing for London Irish from Harlequins, Malone played for Bath Rugby, Bristol Rugby, Exeter Chiefs, Sydney University and Manly RUFC.
Kyran Paul Patrick Bracken MBE (born 22 November 1974 in Dublin, Ireland) is a former rugby union footballer who played at scrum-half for Saracens, Bristol and Waterloo
He won a total of 51 England caps and captained the team on three occasions, retiring from international rugby in 2004.
Bracken's father was a dentist and his mother had played hockey for Ireland. They originally lived in Skerries in north County Dublin but moved to England when Kyran was four.
He was brought up in Liverpool and was educated by the Irish Christian Brothers at St. Edward's College, and later by the Jesuits at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire, where he was coached by former England Rugby Union Head Coach, Brian Ashton. He attended a trial for Liverpool FC and scored three goals. He also flirted with the idea of playing rugby league for St Helens.
After school he read Law at the University of Bristol whom he represented at rugby union and later qualified as a solicitor. He was turned down by Ireland as 'not good enough' but signed up by Bristol.
Bracken made his England debut in November 1993 against the All Blacks. However, a stamp from Jamie Joseph seriously injured his ankle, putting him out of
Nathan Patrick Grey (born 31 March 1975 in Gosford) is an Australian rugby union footballer who used to play at centre for the New South Wales Waratahs and Australia. Since 2005 he has been playing for Kyushu Electric Power Company (Kyuden Voltex) in Fukuoka, Japan and helped them gain promotion to the Top League for the 2007-8 season. And in April 2010 he joined new Super Rugby team the Melbourne Rebels as their first defence (or 'skills') coach.
Benjamin "Ben" Beynon (14 March 1894 – 21 May 1969) was a Welsh international rugby union fly-half who played club rugby for Swansea and would later play professional rugby league for Oldham RLFC. Beynon was also an association football player for Swansea Town.
Beynon played rugby union for his home team club, Swansea, playing his first game in 1913. He was first selected to represent Wales on 17 January 1920, when he faced England at St Helens. Wales ran out comprehensive winners, mainly thanks to Newport's Jerry Shea scoring 16 points on his own. His second and last match was against Scotland three weeks later. It was unknown if Beynon would have won more caps, as he became a professional footballer for Swansea Town in the same year, which prevented him from playing rugby union. The Welsh Rugby Union even withheld his actual cap to commemorate his appearance as they believed he was professional before he represented Wales at union. Beynon was the first Swansea player to turn out for a rugby union, league (Oldham) and association football teams.
Beynon played association football for Waunwen and then Swansea Town, playing his first game for the 'Swans' on 28 November 1914.
Cliff Pritchard (1881–1954) was a Welsh international centre who played club rugby for Newport RFC and Pontypool RFC. Pritchard was capped on five occasions and scored two tries for his country. He is best known as one of the Welsh squad that beat the 1905 touring All Blacks.
Pritchard was first capped for his country in a winning game against Scotland in 1904; he was paired with seasoned international Rhys Gabe as a replacement for Gwyn Nicholls. His debut was reported in the South Wales Evening Post as "Once Pritchard got over early nervousness, he settled down to tackle well"
Pritchard was not the first choice for the game against New Zealand in 1905, as Pritchard was a forward player and the role he was required to fill in at the edge of the scrum, for this particular game, required speed and vision. He was known by the Welsh as the 'extra back' as his role required him to play up close to the scrum in defence, but also as an additional prong of attack. On the day of the match against the All Blacks, Pritchard proved he had taken his role seriously and executed his position as a roving player to neautralise the New Zelender loose head during scrum play with great skill.
Euan Murray (born 7 August 1980) is a Scottish rugby union footballer, formerly playing for Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership competition before joining Newcastle Falcons. He has also played for the Scotland national team. He was a part of their 2007 Six Nations squad, and scored a try in their final game against France. His usual position is tighthead prop. Murray was picked for the Lions Tour 2009, to South Africa. He was one of only 2 Scottish players originally selected, the other being Nathan Hines. Scotland captain Mike Blair and fellow front rower Ross Ford were later called up as replacements.
In 2009, he announced he would no longer be playing on Sundays, out of his commitment to the Christian Sabbath, prompting comparisons to Eric Liddell. In December 2010 it was announced that Murray would be leaving Northampton by mutual consent and with immediate effect.
Murray played most of his club rugby with Glasgow Southern (now known as GHA after amalgamation with Hutchesons’ Aloysians) before he went on to join Glasgow Hawks and then a professional contract with Glasgow Warriors and his subsequent international career.
In 1998 he played for Scotland under-18, and the
Fred Scrine (25 March 1877 – 8 August 1962) was a Welsh international rugby union scrum-half who played club rugby for Swansea. Scrine's style of play was as a fast spoiling player and was first capped for Wales in 1899 against England.
Swansea born, Scrine played most of his rugby for first class team Swansea Rugby Football Club. He was selected to play for Wales in the 1899 Home Nations Championship, and was selected alongside fellow Swansea players Billy Bancroft, Tom Parker and the 'Curly haired marmasets', David and Evan James. In the first international at Swansea's ground, St Helens, for four years Wales beat England with some ease. Scrine had a solid game and set up Willie Llewellyn for his third try during the game. Scrine was back two months later in the same tournament, but this time against Scotland. The Scottish won 21-10, and Scrine was not recalled for the final match against Ireland. He would get his day against the Irish two years later when selected again for a game at St Helens. Wales won the game, but Scrine was not selected again, as a new wave of exciting players jostled for selection.
In 1905 Scrine was part of the Swansea team to face the Original All
James Gordon Pritchard (born 21 July 1979) is an Australian-Canadian rugby union player and former rugby league footballer, who currently plays his club rugby union for the Bedford Blues, and internationally for Canada. He plays at fullback. He is also a part-time backs coach at Luton Rugby Club
Pritchard was born in Parkes, New South Wales, Australia and started in rugby league football at the age of 13. He played for NRL side the Parramatta Eels in the Under-19 age division after he left school, before changing to play rugby union and joining the Randwick District Rugby Union Club in 1999 and winning the Citibank/Mastercard Cup with them in 2000. In his first year of First grade with the club he also picked up the Ron Don Trophy for Most Improved as well as being runner-up in the Sydney Morning Herald Rookie of The Year Awards. He also finished the top points scorer in the competition with 183 points in ten games.
James Pritchard captained the Blues in its 125th Season - one of the most successful in its history when the side finished second in the Championship and made the semi finals of the playoffs and the final of the British and Irish Cup. He played mainly at fullback or the
Matthew S. "Mat" Rogers (born 1 February 1976 in Caringbah, New South Wales) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s and 2000s. He also played rugby union at the highest levels, becoming a dual-code international. The son of the late Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks legend and CEO Steve Rogers, Mat played for the Sharks as well. He also played State of Origin for Queensland (5 times 1999 to 2000), and for the Australian national side (7 Tests 1998 to 2000) before his switch to union in 2001. Rogers played at fly half in his final season for the Waratahs and started in a number of games for the Wallabies in various positions in the backline. He returned to rugby league in 2007 with the newly formed Gold Coast Titans club and retired in 2010. With the Titans beset by injuries and poor form, Rogers announced his comeback to help out the club on-field in 2011, but a serious injury forced him to announce his retirement again just minutes into his first game back.
Playing both forms of the game as a junior, Rogers excelled in union at Queensland's The Southport School, a well known rugby union nursery. He played in the Australian Schoolboys representative
Paulo do Rio Branco da Silva Paranhos (Paris, 10 July 1876 - Paris, February 1927) was a French-born Brazilian rugby union player. He was the son of the Baron of Rio Branco and of a Belgian origin dancer, Philomène Stevens. He studied Medicine in Paris, where he settled, becoming a surgeon. He was the first Brazilian rugby union player of international level, and became a celebrity in France. He first played as a hooker, but later moved to fullback.
Rio Branco was one of best players for the legendary French team of Stade Français, winning six titles of National Champion, in 1893, 1894, 1895, 1897, 1898 and 1901. He was also twice vice champion, in 1896 and 1899. A dual French and Brazilian citizen, he played for France in unofficial matches.
He served as a volunteer at World War I, as a civilian physician for the French-Brazilian hospital, depending from the Red Cross. He became a knight of the Legion of Honour for his services during wartime.
Duncan Jones (born 18 September 1978 in Blaengwynfi, Port Talbot) is a Welsh rugby union player who plays at loose head prop for the Ospreys in the Celtic League and for Wales.
Jones was educated at Cymer Afan School and Neath College. He has represented Wales at every level from Schools up to the national side, including the Grand Slam-winning Under-21 side of 1999. During the early part of his career, Jones played at tighthead prop, but successfully converted to the loosehead position in 2001.
He made his first-class debut for Neath RFC in 1999 and played for the club until the end of the 2002–03 season, when, following a reorganisation of Welsh rugby, Jones transferred to what was then the Neath-Swansea Ospreys. He made his debut for the Ospreys on 10 January 2004. However he was soon followed by Adam Jones who made his first appearance for Ospreys on 13 March 2004 against Stade Toulousain.
In 2005–06, Duncan Jones took over as captain of the Ospreys, following an injury to Barry Williams, and he was appointed captain for the 2006–07 season, during which he led the team to the Celtic League title.
He made his debut for Wales on 25 November 2001, coming on as a substitute in the
George Nepia (25 April 1905 – 27 June 1986) was a Māori rugby union and rugby league player. He is remembered as an exceptional full-back and one of the most famous Māori rugby players. He was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in 1990. In 2004 he was selected as number 65 by the panel of the New Zealand's Top 100 History Makers television show. Nepia was featured in a set of postage stamps from the New Zealand post office in 1990. Historian Philippa Mein Smith described him as "New Zealand rugby's first superstar".
Nepia was born in Wairoa in Hawkes Bay. While his birth certificate stated that Nepia was born 1905 he later claimed he had been born in 1908. After finishing primary school in Nuhaka, Nepia was to attend Te Aute College but went to the nearby Māori Agricultural College instead. In 1926 Nepia married Huinga Kohere. They had four children, three sons and a daughter. Nepia and his family settled on a dairy farm on the East Coast.
Nepia was selected for the Hawkes Bay provincial rugby team in 1922. At that time Hawkes Bay had one of the strongest teams in New Zealand and held the Ranfurly Shield. Nepia initially played on the wing but was later shifted to
Yannick Bru (born 22 May 1973 in Auch, Gers) is a French rugby union coach and former footballer, currently serving as forwards coach at Stade Toulousain in the elite level of French rugby, the Top 14. Bru was capped 18 times for the French national side.
At Toulouse Bru twice won the Heineken Cup, in 2003 and 2005, as well as winning the Top 14 title in 1999 and 2001. Bru has also been capped 18 times for France, including their grand slam at the 2002 and 2004 Six Nations Championship, as well as being a part of their 2003 World Cup squad.
Bru will leave Toulouse at the end of the 2011–12 season to join the staff of the French national team.
Jacobus Petrus du Randt, better known as Os du Randt (born 8 September 1972 in Elliot, South Africa), is a former South African rugby union loosehead prop who retired as the most-capped forward in the history of the Springboks (a record since surpassed by current Springboks John Smit and Victor Matfield). For most of his career, he played in the domestic Currie Cup for the Free State Cheetahs, though he spent one season with the Blue Bulls. In Super Rugby, he represented the Free State Cheetahs when South Africa sent its top Currie Cup teams to the competition instead of franchised sides, later represented the Cats franchise (now known as the Lions), spent one season with the Bulls before returning to the Cats, and still later played for the Vodacom Cheetahs. He ended his career as one of the last remaining international-level players from the amateur era of the sport and the last active member of the 1995 World Cup-winning squad. His final match was the 2007 Rugby World Cup final, which the Springboks won, with du Randt playing the entire 80 minutes.
Os (his Afrikaans nickname means Ox due to his big, muscular build) was a powerful scrummager and a hard worker around the field. He
Dean Mumm (born 5 March 1984 in Auckland, New Zealand) is an Australian rugby union player currently playing for the NSW Waratahs in the Super Rugby competition. He will join English Premiership side Exeter Chiefs at the end of the 2012 Super Rugby season.
Mumm attended The King's School, Sydney, along with fellow Waratahs Benn Robinson, Daniel Halangahu and Will Caldwell. He captained The King's School rugby XV team in 2001 and 2002, eventually going on to win the GPS title in the latter year. Mumm made appearances for the U16 Australian rugby team in addition to going on to captain the Australian Schoolboys team in 2002. Mumm was selected for the Australian Universities and Australian Barbarians teams in 2004, and was a member of the Australian under 21 team that finished runners up in the 2005 IRB Under 21 World Championship. Mumm graduated New South Wales Waratah Academy and went on to attend the University of Sydney where he played with their rugby team winning the Tooheys New Cup twice in the process.
Although primarily a second-rower, Mumm has been utilised as flanker, making use of his athleticism whilst adding height to the line-out. He debuted for the NSW Waratahs against
Victor Matfield (born 11 May 1977 in Pietersburg (now in Limpopo Province), South Africa) is a South African rugby union player. He has played for, and captained the Springbok rugby team as well as the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup and the Bulls franchise in Super Rugby. He is generally considered one of the best locks in the world and has had a long successful partnership with Springbok and Blue Bulls teammate Bakkies Botha.
Besides almost always winning his own line-out ball, Matfield is known for his exceptional skill at disrupting opposition line-outs – this skill was a cornerstone of their 2007 World Cup success, where he was crowned IRB (International Rugby Board) player of the Rugby World Cup – and his speed around the field led former Australian coach Eddie Jones to comment that he should be an Olympic sprinter instead. He also possesses good upper body strength, with the ability to bench press 155 kg. In 2008 he became the first international captain to beat the All Blacks in New Zealand since Martin Johnson in 2003. Matfield retired after the 2011 World Cup after an impressive career, leaving the game as the record Springbok cap holder.
Growing up Matfield had a love for
Christian Mathias Cullen (born 12 February 1976 in Paraparaumu, New Zealand) is a former New Zealand rugby union footballer. He played most of his rugby at fullback for New Zealand (the All Blacks), for the Hurricanes in the Super 12, and for Manawatu, Wellington and later Munster at provincial level. He was nicknamed the Paekakariki Express. With 46 tries in 58 tests, Cullen is currently the 6th-highest international try scorer in rugby union history. He is generally regarded as one of the best full backs of all time, and one of the greatest All Blacks of his generation.
Christian Cullen is the youngest of 3 children with an elder twin brother (Shane) and sister (Anita) and was born and grew up in Paekakariki, a small town north of Wellington. He emerged as a young talent throughout his high school earning him a representative position for the New Zealand secondary schools team in 1993 and 1994.
He continued to dazzle his opponents throughout 1995, representing Manawatu and becoming their second top point scorer with 70 points from 12 tries, 2 conversions and 2 penalty goals. This form earned him a position in the New Zealand sevens team in tournaments in Fiji and Hong
For the rugby union coach from New Zealand see Andrew Hore (rugby coach)
Andrew Hore (born 13 September 1978 in Dunedin, New Zealand) is a rugby union player who plays for Taranaki in the ITM Cup. He has played for the All Blacks since 2002. His position is hooker. In June 2011 he was let go from the Hurricanes Super Rugby team after spending ten seasons with the capital side. He will join the Highlanders for the 2012 season.
Hore debuted for Otago in 1998, and in 2001 shifted to Taranaki, with whom he has remained til present.
Hore made his Super Rugby debut for the Crusaders in 2001. In 2002 he shifted to the Hurricanes, with whom he made 92 appearances. In 2011 he was controversially released from the Hurricanes by coach Mark Hammett and joined the Highlanders for 2012.
Most recently he was selected for the All Blacks 2011 Rugby World Cup squad. In the final pool match of the tornament, he was selected to captain the side against Canada when both Richie McCaw and Dan Carter were injured and unable to play.
In 2005, Hore was one of three men convicted and fined for shooting and killing a protected fur seal in New Zealand. Judge Rollo described the offending as a "grossly
Donncha O'Callaghan (born March 24, 1979) is an Irish rugby union player. He plays as a lock for Munster and Ireland.
He began his rugby education in Highfield Rugby Club, on the Model Farm Road in Cork. During the 1997/98 season he won a Schools Senior Cup with Christian Brothers College, Cork, beating St. Munchins College, Limerick (a team including Jerry Flannery and Jeremy Staunton) in the final at Musgrave Park. The same year, he also played for the Irish Schoolboys team. The following year he was part of the U-19 World Championship winning team, along with Brian O'Driscoll and Paddy Wallace.
He made his international debut for Ireland coming on as a replacement against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in March 2003.
He was chosen by Sir Clive Woodward both for the northern-hemisphere side in the IRB Rugby Aid Match at Twickenham and for the 2005 Lions tour of New Zealand. He also played in two of the tests, after the injury to Malcolm O'Kelly, the suspension of Danny Grewcock, and the disappointing game that Ben Kay had in the first test.
He featured in all three November 2005 Tests for Ireland when Paul O'Connell was injured.
He scored his first international try against
Charles Luke McAlister (born 28 August 1983 in Waitara) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. He plays first five-eighth (fly-half) and second five-eighth (inside centre).
McAlister was born in Waitara, New Zealand, and attended Westlake Boys High School, where he played first five-eighth. He played for Silverdale in the North Harbour premier competition before making his provincial debut for North Harbour in 2002 and Super Rugby debut for the Blues in 2004. He made his international debut for New Zealand aged 21, versus the British and Irish Lions in 2005.
In June 2006, his father, Charlie, resigned his position as head coach of the Manawatu team in the Air New Zealand Cup. Charlie McAlister is a former rugby league player, and Luke McAlister lived in the Manchester area from the age of four to 13 while his father played rugby league for Oldham, Castleford and the Sheffield Eagles, during which time Luke was a member of the Manchester United Academy.
Following the announcement of his inclusion in the All Blacks squad for the 2007 Rugby World Cup, it was announced on 23 July 2007 that McAlister would be joining Guinness Premiership side Sale Sharks after the World Cup on a
Major Thomas Henry "Tommy" Vile MBE (6 September 1882– 30 October 1958) was a Welsh international rugby union player. He played club rugby predominantly for Newport, captaining the side twice and played county rugby for Monmouthshire. He also represented the British Isles in Australia, and after retiring from playing became an international referee. He fought in both World Wars, became a president of the Welsh Rugby Union, was a Justice of the Peace, businessman and High Sheriff of Monmouthshire.
Vile took part in a trial for Newport in 1900 at the age of 17 and despite his slight build was chosen as a forward. Due to injuries to other players, Vile got his chance and was accepted into the Newport ranks and in 1902 made his first-class debut for the club. During the 1903/04 season he became the club's regular scrum-half. Vile was a master of the reverse pass and was also a strong kicker who scored many drop goals for his club.
In 1909 he was made captain of Newport and showed himself as a great offensive tactician; and in the 1911/12 season lead his team to the Club Championship. In 1912, Vile alongside team partner Walter Martin were impressive in the match against the touring
Napolioni Vonowale Nalaga (born 7 April 1986 in Sigatoka Fiji) is a Fijian rugby union footballer. He plays as a wing, flanker and Centre. He is nicknamed Napoleon or Naps or Napo. His father, Kavekini Nalaga also represented Fiji in the 80's and just like his son, he played on the wing.
Nalaga first played as a wing for the Fiji Under 19 team to the Under 19 Rugby World Championship where he notched 7 tries in 3 games for the Fiji team. He also helped his Nadroga team win the U21 competition in the Sanyo Cup for 2 years in a row. He was later selected to play for the Fiji U21 team to the 2006 Under 21 Rugby World Championship in France where Fiji finished 9th overall. He played as a Centre in the tournament. He also made his mark for the Nadroga senior team playing in the Sanyo Cup and the Farebrother Sullivan cup. He was selected into the Fiji sevens team by the then coach Waisale Serevi who was impressed with the youngster for the first leg of the 2006-07 IRB Sevens World Series after which he was given a contract to play for the ASM Clermont Auvergne in the 2007/2008 season alongside other Fijians, Vilimoni Delasau and Seremaia Bai where he finished the season as the leading
Benjamin Boyet (born 8 August 1979 in Vienne, Isère) is a French rugby union footballer, currently playing in the top division of domestic French rugby, for Bayonne. His usual position is at fly-half and he has played for France.
Although he had never played for the national team before, Boyet was included in France's 2006 Six Nations Championship squad and was included as a reserve against Scotland at Murrayfield, which France lost 16 points to 20. He went on to debut off the bench in the following match (on 11 February) against Ireland at Stade de France in Saint-Denis, which France won 43 to 31. France went onto win the Six Nations Championship. His next appearance for France was against the All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland on 2 June 2007. He played at fly-half and kicked two penalties. He was also yellow carded in the 51st minute during France's 42-11 loss.
Marius Charl Joubert (born 10 July 1979 in Paarl, Western Cape) is a South African rugby union player who plays as a centre for ASM Clermont Auvergne in the French Top 14. He has previously played for the Boland Cavaliers, Free State Cheetahs and Western Province in the Currie Cup and the Stormers and the Central Cheetahs in Super Rugby. Joubert was educated at Paarl Gimnasium, alongside current Springboks and former Western Province and Stormers teammates De Wet Barry and Jean de Villiers. A few years later, the same school produced another current Springbok star in Schalk Burger.
Joubert started his career at the Boland Cavaliers where he played from 1999 to 2001 when he joined Western Province from 2002–2006. He made his debut for South Africa against New Zealand in 2001 and in that very game, picked up a serious knee injury. Despite several injury setbacks (one of which, a badly damaged shoulder, kept him out of the 2003 World Cup), Joubert continued to develop into a world-class centre.
He was a member of the 2004 Springbok squad that won the Tri-Nations. In the Boks' home match at Ellis Park in Johannesburg against the All Blacks, he became only the second Springbok in
Trevor Brennan (born 22 September 1973, Leixlip, Ireland) is a former rugby union player for Barnhall, Bective Rangers, St Marys College RFC, Leinster Rugby, Stade Toulousain and Ireland; being capped 13 times. He played either in the second row or as a flanker.
Trevor captained St Mary's College RFC to their only AIB League title in 2000. He began his career with Barnhall.
After leaving Leinster for Stade Toulousain, Brennan fell out of favour with the Irish national team. He subsequently went on to play in three back to back European Cup finals as part of the Stade Toulousain team, with two wins (Perpingnan 2003, Stade Français 2005) and one defeat (against Wasps 2004).
Brennan made his debut for the senior Ireland team in a 13-37 defeat against South Africa on 13 June 1998 and went on to make 13 test appearances, including the 1999 Rugby World Cup. It was during this tournament that Brennan's abrasive image was tested, after an on-pitch fight with Australian number 8 Toutai Kefu, who was aided by two teammates who held Brennan's arms back.
Following retirement from professional rugby in 2007 Trevor and family have remained in Toulouse. Trevor currently coaches the Toulouse
Darren Lockyer (born 24 March 1977 in Brisbane, Queensland) is an Australian rugby league television commentator and former professional player. After seventeen NRL seasons, Lockyer retired in 2011 as captain of the Australian national team, Queensland State of Origin team and his club, the Brisbane Broncos, having set records for most ever games with each of them. He set additional all-time records for most National Rugby League matches, most State of Origin matches, most games as captain and most tries for the Australian national team, and highest ever point-scorer for the Broncos. Named at fullback of a Queensland team of the century (1908–2007), Lockyer won three grand finals with the Broncos (including a Clive Churchill Medal), a World Cup with Australia, and the Golden Boot Award for world's best player in this position before switching to five-eighth. In the halves, Lockyer won a fourth grand final with the Broncos, a record six consecutive State of Origin series with Queensland, and a second Golden Boot Award. Lockyer has also written a column for Queensland newspaper, The Courier Mail.
Lockyer was born in Brisbane. As a child, Lockyer played Australian rules football in
George Musarurwa Gregan AM (born 19 April 1973 in Lusaka, Zambia) is an Australian rugby union halfback who has made more appearances for his national team than any other player in the sport's history.
Gregan played Super 12 (now Super Rugby) for the Brumbies from the inception of that competition in 1996 through 2007, helping to lead them to overall victories in 2001 and 2004. He is a foundation Brumbies player and one of the few players whose career spans both the amateur and professional eras. His appearances as Australian captain include a Bledisloe Cup win in 2002 and an extra-time loss to England in the 2003 Rugby World Cup final. As a member of the Wallabies team, Gregan has attained the zenith of the rugby world, winning the Rugby World Cup in 1999. Gregan and his longtime Wallabies teammate, fly-half Stephen Larkham, also hold the all-time record for Test appearances by a halfback partnership with 79.
On 18 June 2008 it was announced that he had joined Suntory Sungoliath in Japan. following a season at RC Toulonnais in the French Top 14.
Gregan was born in Zambia, of a Zimbabwean mother and an Australian father, coincidentally in the same hospital where Corné Krige, who
Hugo Porta (born 11 September 1951 in Buenos Aires) is a former Argentine Rugby Union footballer, an inductee of both the International Rugby Hall of Fame and IRB Hall of Fame, and one of the best fly-halves the sport has seen. During the 1970s and 1980s, he played 58 times for Los Pumas, captaining them on 34 occasions, including leading them during the first World Cup in 1987.
Porta made his international debut in 1971. His best performances came in the late 1970s and early 1980s, with 1977 draw with France, the Pumas' 1979 24-13 win against Australia, and a 21-21 tie with the All Blacks on 2 November 1985.
Porta was born in Buenos Aires. He played football (soccer) and almost signed for Boca Juniors but then changed to rugby union, joining Banco Nación. Porta made his debut for Argentina on 10 October 1971 against Chile in the starting line up. He earned another three caps that year in games against Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. The following year Argentina played two games against the South African Springboks in Buenos Aires.
Porta played seven times for the national team the following season, including matches against Romania as well as Ireland and Scotland XVs (non-cap).
Sekope Kepu is an Australian professional rugby union player. He is a prop for the NSW Waratahs in the Super Rugby competition, making his debut in 2008. He also plays for the Wallabies in international matches.
Kepu was born in Sydney, Australia to Tongan parents, but his family relocated to Auckland while he was still a youngster. He began playing rugby with Tamaki Rugby Football Club Under 7s and attended school in the suburb of Glen Innes in Auckland.
Kepu captained the Wesley College first XV from the number eight position in 2004, before switching to the front row with the New Zealand under-19s in 2005. He represented New Zealand at under 17, 19 and 21 levels.
Between 2005 and 2007, Kepu was a member of the wider training group for the Chiefs, and was a stand out player for Counties Manukau in the Air New Zealand Cup in 2006. A broken collarbone ruined his 2007 season and saw him end the year without a Super 14 contract.
Kepu moved to back Sydney at the age of 21 to play for the NSW Waratahs. He made his Super Rugby debut on 1 March 2008 against the Highlanders in Dunedin, playing as the starting loosehead after Wallabies prop Al Baxter was ruled out due to a head knock.
Sue Day (born 29 October 1972) is an English female rugby union footballer who plays fullback for London Wasps Ladies and for England.
Day made her England debut versus Spain in 1997. She was selected for the 2006 Six Nations Squad. She appeared again for the 2007 Six Nations opener. She can play on the wing, in the centre or at fullback. Sue has played in the last three Rugby World Cups and is England's top try scorer with 61 tries and 59 caps. Sue or 'Daisy' as she is known to her team mates is the top try scorer in IRB world cups, with 19 tries. After retiring from 15's, Sue returned to the international game, captaining Simon Amor and Mike Friday's 7's squad to the 7's world cup in March 2009.
Alan Quinlan (Irish: Ailín Ó Caoindealbhain, born 13 July 1974) is an Irish rugby union player. He played for Munster and is registered to the AIB League side Shannon. He retired from rugby in May 2011.
Quinlan was educated at Abbey CBS in Tipperary and worked for a motor dealer after leaving school. He began his rugby career with Clanwilliam FC where he captained the Irish Youth Team against Scotland in 1993. He normally plays as a blindside flanker, but has also played openside, number eight and second row for Munster.
Quinlan moved from Clanwilliam to join Shannon U20s in 1994. He began playing for Munster in 1996 and captained the youths team before becoming a regular in the first team. In May 2006 he made a comeback from a cruciate ligament injury earlier in the season to win both the AIB League Division 1 title with Shannon and the Heineken Cup with Munster after a late appearance from the bench in the Heineken Cup Final win over Biarritz in Cardiff. He captained the side from Number Eight in Munster's upset victory over Ulster in Ravenhill in the 2007 Magner's League. Quinlan was voted Man of the Match as Munster beat Toulouse 16–13 on 24 May 2008 to win the Heineken Cup for
David Ian Campese (born 21 October 1962, Queanbeyan, New South Wales), also known as Campo, is a former Australian rugby union player. Campese was capped by the Wallabies 101 times, and held the world record for the most tries in test matches (64) until Daisuke Ohata scored his 65th try playing for Japan on 14 May 2006. He was voted player of the tournament at the 1991 Rugby World Cup after scoring nine tries in tests that season and six in the tournament. He is famous for his "goose-step" — a hitch-kick motion which left opponents stumbling to try to tackle him.
Campese played touch rugby in his late teens and early stages of his professional career. After one year playing fourth grade for the Queanbeyan Whites, he was elevated to first grade club rugby. After only three years playing rugby union for the Queanbeyan Whites, at age 19, he was selected at fullback for the Australian under 21 side.
Campese was a standout performer at fullback for the Australian under 21s side. Then Australian coach Bob Dwyer's first exposure to Campese was at an Australian under 21s game against Fiji. Dwyer recalled in his autobiography, The Winning Way, that Campese had "cut the Fijian defence to
George Herbert 'Bert' Gould (18 April 1870 – 19 December 1913) was a Welsh international rugby union centre who played club rugby for Newport Rugby Football Club and won three caps for Wales. Gould is best known within the sport of rugby as the brother of Arthur 'Monkey' Gould, one of the first superstars of Welsh rugby.
Gould was one of five brothers who played rugby for Newport, including Welsh internationals Arthur and Robert. Bert was first chosen to represent Wales himself as part of the 1892 Home Nations Championship. Under the captaincy of his brother Arthur, Gould was chosen to play in the last of the games of the tournament against Ireland. The Welsh team lost the game, but Gould kept his pace for the opening game of the next season's Championship. The Welsh selectors, had initially chosen Conway Rees to play, but an injury allowed Gould back into the team for the second game of the 1893 Championship in a game away to Scotland. Gould scored one of three tries in the first away win to Scotland in the country's history. With the Scottish and English games already won, Wales needed to beat the Irish to lift the Triple Crown for the first time in the country's history. Gould
Hugh McMeniman (born 1 November 1983 in Brisbane) is an Australian rugby union footballer. He currently plays for Kubota in Japan and has played for Australia. His favoured position is blindside flanker but he can also play lock.
McMeniman made his Super 12 debut for the Reds in 2005 in a match against the Hurricanes. That season he played nine games at lock and one at blindside flanker. Following a strong debut season, McMeniman was selected for the Wallabies team for a match against Samoa that year in Sydney, the same game Rocky Elsom debuted in. He went on to be included in the subsequent matches against Italy in Melbourne and France in Brisbane. He was elevated into the starting lineup for end of year tests against England, Ireland and Wales. He was then selected to go on the 2006 spring tour of the UK and Italy, but eight minutes into the first match against club side Ospreys he hyper extended his neck. In 2007 he played two Tri Nations test matches against South Africa and New Zealand, he then was selected in the 2007 Rugby World Cup, where he played pool matches against Japan, Fiji, Canada where he went over twice but both were refused by the referee. He also played in the
Jeremy Staunton (born 7 May 1980) is an Irish rugby union fly-half, currently playing for English club Leicester Tigers in the top level of English rugby, the Aviva Premiership. He has also played for Ireland.
He was educated at St Munchin's College Limerick.
Staunton began his Rugby career with his local team Galbally RFC in Co. Limerick, Ireland. Later, he played for Garryowen Football Club in the AIB League before earning a contract with Munster. Seeing his opportunities limited behind Ronan O'Gara he joined Harlequins in the summer of 2004 before moving on to London Wasps in the summer of 2005. He was part of the Wasps side that won the Powergen Anglo-Welsh cup in 2006, beating the Llanelli Scarlets at Twickenham Stadium. Staunton signed for London Irish at the end of the 2006–2007 season, but was re-signed on loan by Wasps on 12 February 2008, for the remainder of the season, and renewed his contract with Wasps for the 2008–2009 season. He moved to Leicester in the summer of 2009 as cover for the injured Toby Flood. He has renewed his contract to keep him at Leicester until the end of the 2011/2012 season.
In June 2006 Staunton toured New Zealand and Australia with Ireland. In
Maleli Kunavore (born 13 November 1983 in Sigatoka, Fiji) is a Fijian rugby union footballer.
He plays as a centre, wing or fullback . He plays for Toulouse in the Top 14 and Heineken Cup. He was found by Fiji coach Wayne Pivac when he spotted Maleli playing in the Colonial Cup for the Coastal Stallions. He was selected for the national team for the Pacific 5 Nations tournament. After a game against Japan he and a few other players were caught in a brawl and were suspended from playing any games in and for Fiji until 31 December 2006.
A product of the Nadi Muslim Academy, Kunavore began to shine when he represented the Fiji U21 side in 2004. A year later the solid speedster was the top try scorer for the Stallions in the Colonial Cup. He improved with every match and scored one try and two conversions to help his province Nadroga with the Fiji Cup final in 2005. He then earned his first Test cap and also scored a try to help Fiji defeat Samoa 21-15 in Suva. In mid-2005 he left Fiji's shores for a position at Toulouse in France.
In early 2010, Kunavore suffered two major injuries to his left arm. He underwent a cardiac operation. He left toulouse and retired from rugby soon after.
Nicholas John "Nick" Evans (born 14 August 1980 in Auckland, New Zealand) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. He plays fly-half and fullback. He joined Harlequins for the 2008–2009 Guinness Premiership season, and has remained with the club since on a deal reportedly worth £320,000 a year.
Evans was born in North Shore City in New Zealand, and attended Westlake Boys High School, where he played first five-eighth (fly-half) for his school's First XV. He played both rugby union and Aussie rules football at the school.
Evans graduated to the NZ under-21 and senior Aussie Rules Football sides, competed against state teams and was offered a trial with the Sydney Swans., turning it down to commit his future to rugby union.
Although he has grown since, he was at the time considered short for professional Aussie Rules at 176 cm. He later decided to commit to rugby union and played for the Highlanders in the Super 14 and for Otago in the National Provincial Championship. However on 25 May 2007 Evans announced he would not be re-signing with the Otago Rugby Football Union and would either sign for a Union closer to his family on the North Shore, or become one of many New Zealand rugby
Wycliff Palu (born 27 July 1982 in Sydney) is an Australian rugby union footballer of Tongan descent. He plays for the New South Wales Waratahs in the international Super Rugby competition. Also known as Cliffy Palu, he attended Balgowlah Boys High School.
A hard running backrow player Palu made his provincial debut in match against a Samoan side in 2003 after which he had a stint at NRL side St. George Illawarra Dragons before returning to Rugby Union. He played for the New South Wales Waratahs in their first trial match of pre-season 2005, against the Crusaders, in which he was awarded the man-of-the-match award. After his good performances during the Waratahs' pre-season, he made his Super 12 debut in week one of the 2005 season against the Chiefs. He was then injured in the week six loss against the Crusaders which saw him out for a lot of the season.
Palu sustained a shoulder injury midway through the 2006 Super 14 season, as he came off the bench in a semi-final against the Hurricanes. Palu was then included in the Wallabies' 2006 mid-year squad.
Palu was named at number eight for the opening Tri-Nations match against New Zealand on 18 July 2009, after he recovered from a
Alberto Vernet Basualdo (born June 8, 1982 in Buenos Aires, Argentina) is an Argentine rugby union player. His position is hooker. He started playing in Buenos Aires team Asociación Alumni and currently plays for Toulouse, in France; he also plays for the Argentine national rugby team, his debut for Los Pumas was on December 4, 2004.
In 2005 he suffered a career threatening neck injury displacing the 5th vertebra and the Intervertebral disc, but he recovered and was selected to represent Argentina at the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Up to the world cup he played for Alumni in Argentina, but he joined Toulouse after the end of the tournament.
Billy Stead (born John William Stead 18 September 1877 — 21 July 1958) was a New Zealand rugby union player born in Invercargill who played for the All Blacks in their 1905 tour. Stead also played for Southland, and later coached various teams, including Southland and the New Zealand Māori. A bootmaker by trade, he also co-authored The Complete Rugby Footballer with Dave Gallaher, and was a columnist for the Southland Times, and New Zealand Truth.
Stead first played representative rugby for Southland in 1896. He was only 18 at the time, and continued to play for the province until 1908; raking up 52 matches for the province in total. After representing the South Island in 1903, he was selected for the All Blacks that year. Although he did tour with the team to Australia, he did not play in a test until the following year. In his first test was against Great Britain in 1904, Stead captained the side. He was again selected for the All Blacks the following year for their northern hemisphere tour. Although he did not participate in the preliminary tour of Australia due to work commitments, Stead did play against Canterbury and then Wellington for the All Blacks.
Dave Gallaher was named
Robert Brian (Bobby or Bob) Skinstad (born 3 July 1976 in Bulawayo, Rhodesia) is a Zimbabwean-born South African rugby union player who has represented the national team, the Springboks, 42 times, scoring 55 points (11 tries). He played in the positions of flanker and number eight. He stands 1.93 meters (6 ft 4 in) tall and weighs 104 kilograms (229 lbs).
He lived in Kloof, KwaZulu-Natal while he attended Highbury Preparatory School, before boarding at Hilton College. His university studies took him to Stellenbosch University where he lived in the Simonsberg mens residence and captained the 'Maties' (University) 1st side.
He was selected by Western Province for the Currie Cup and Super 12, and went on to captain both sides.
He then moved to Johannesburg and played the 2003 season for the Golden Lions (Currie Cup) and the Cats (Super 12) before leaving for the United Kingdom.
Having represented South Africa at all levels, including captaining the under 21 Springbok side in 1996 and 1997, and playing for the SA Sevens team in 1997, Skinstad made his début for the Springboks as a replacement on 29 November 1997 against England. In all he played 42 tests for the Springboks, scoring 11
Henry Paul (born 10 February 1974) was a dual code rugby league and rugby union international. Paul has previously represented New Zealand in rugby league and England in rugby union XV's and 7's. He currently holds the world record for the most consecutive kicks on the field.
Paul's usual position is at loose forward/Lock. He can also operate in the back row. He made his name as a dynamic stand-off. He is currently playing at centre for rugby union, and has previously played at fly-half.
He currently lives in Leeds with his girlfriend, close to his brother Robbie Hunter-Paul, also a New Zealand international.
Born in Tokoroa, New Zealand, Paul started playing rugby union at the age of three for Ponsonby Rugby Football Club and then rugby league for the Te Atatu Roosters. Later, during his time at Rutherford High School (1990), he became a highly talented player at Under-16 level, where he led his team to break many Auckland club rugby league team and individual records. The following year, Paul moved to the Point Chevalier Pirates where he continued to harness his talents as one of the most talented junior rugby league players in the history of Auckland Rugby League.
In the 1992
William Servat (born 9 December 1978 in Saint-Gaudens, France) is a French rugby union footballer who plays as a hooker for Toulouse in the Top 14 club competition. He has now retired from Rugby Union for France after a long and successful career. In February 2012, he announced that he would become forwards coach at Toulouse in the 2012–13 season.
Born in Saint-Gaudens in the Haute-Garonne département of France, Servat began his rugby career at his local club, Mazères-Cassagne. He played for Mazères-Cassagne until 1998, when he was signed by Toulouse. In his first season at Toulouse, Servat helped the club to their fifth Top 14 title in six years. He has since been involved with just one more Top 14 title victory (in 2001), but he has helped the club to two Heineken Cup titles in 2002–03 and 2004–05.
Servat made his debut for the French national team on 14 February 2004 in a 35–17 victory over Ireland in the 2004 Six Nations Championship. That year, France won the Six Nations Grand Slam, by beating every other team in the competition, with Servat playing in every game. The following year, France came second in the Six Nations, finishing as runners-up to Wales. Servat only made one
Seremaia Baïkeinuku (born 4 January 1979) is a Fijian rugby union footballer.
He currently plays for Castres Olympique after signing from ASM Clermont Auvergne in 2010 who both compete in France's Top 14 competition. He also plays for the Fiji national team and the Pacific Islanders. He has played under-19s, under 21s and under 23s for the Fiji national side. Bai attended Lelean Memorial School in Nausori, Fiji.
He made his international debut for Fiji in 2000 in a match against Japan which Fiji won 47–22. That year he was also capped against Samoa, the USA, Canada and Italy. In 2001 he was capped three times, twice against Tonga and once against Samoa. In the second match against Tonga he broke his ankle. In 2002 he joined Southland for the National Provincial Championship, and went on tour with Fiji for the November Test series in the northern hemisphere.
He was not included in Fiji's squad for the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia, but returned in 2004 for Fiji in two matches in June, against Tonga and Samoa. He was included in the combined Pacific Islanders team that toured the southern nations. He also played numerous international matches the following season. In 2006 he
Felipe Contepomi (born 20 August 1977 in Buenos Aires) is an Argentine rugby union footballer. A fly-half and centre, he currently plays for Stade Français in the French Top 14. He was a key player for Argentina until retiring from international rugby in 2012. His twin brother Manuel was also a Puma.
Contepomi started playing rugby for his secondary school Colegio Cardenal Newman, and then for Club Newman in Buenos Aires. In 2003 he joined Leinster from Bristol on a four-year contract following Bristol's relegation in the 2002-03 Zurich Premiership.
He played a major role in Leinster's run in the 2005–06 Heineken Cup, helping Leinster to a 41–35 win over Cup holders Toulouse, scoring 21 points in the process and winning the man of the match award. That year he was top scorer in both the 2005-06 Celtic League and the Heineken Cup.
In late January 2006, Contepomi's girlfriend, Paula, gave birth to their daughter, Catalina. Only hours later, Contepomi played for Leinster the Magners League match against the Border Reivers, a game in which he went on to score 22 points.
In November of that year, Agustín Pichot said that Contepomi was a better player than All Black fly-half, Dan Carter,
James William Hook (born 27 June 1985) is a Wales international rugby union player for French club Perpignan.
Hook's strengths as a player include good distribution skills, great tactical awareness, and reliable goal kicking, but his popularity in Wales is largely also due to his exciting running style, which is a traditional facet of Welsh fly-half play. This has led to comparisons with New Zealand star Dan Carter and legendary countryman Barry John, who himself hailed Hook as "a real star of the future". Hook is Wales third highest all-time points scorer behind Neil Jenkins and Stephen Jones.
Hook was born in the southern industrial Welsh town of Port Talbot, the second of three children in a rugby-mad family. His brother Mike Hook was also a professional rugby player and sister Naidine a keen netball player.
Hook's childhood heroes were Neil Jenkins and Robert Jones – Jenkins because of his kicking ability, and Jones because he played in Hook's favourite position, which was scrum-half, the position he himself played for West Wales at the age of ten.
Hook attended Glan Afan Comprehensive School in the centre of Port Talbot, and Neath College where he started a half back
Ma'a Allan Nonu ( /ˈmɑːʔɑː ˈnɒnuː/; born 21 May 1982 in Wellington, New Zealand) is a professional rugby union player from New Zealand. Nonu plays for the Highlanders in Super Rugby and All Blacks internationally. He also plays for the Wellington Lions in the ITM Cup. He plays in the second-five eighth position (called inside centre in Europe and Australia), but can also cover (outside) centre and wing.
Nonu has been known for his blonde-streaked dreadlocks and former penchant for wearing eyeliner on the field. He is equally well known for his explosiveness and powerful attacking runs and regularly breaks the defensive line at will. 2011 World Cup-winning All Blacks coach Graham Henry has described him as "probably the best linebreaker in this game in this country."
Nonu has been noted to possess a similar attacking skillset to former All Black centre Tana Umaga. Like Umaga, he is an exceptional crash ball runner who excels at breaking the line and creating space for outside backs. In 2005, Henry described Nonu as "young Tana," underlining the impression that he was being groomed as a potential successor to Umaga. This comparison has been confirmed in recent times by Wayne
Mathieu Blin (born 20 May 1977 in Paris) is a French rugby union footballer playing Paris club, Stade Français in the elite Top 14 competition. His usual position is at hooker.
In both 2003 and 2004, Stade Français won the French championship, defeating Toulouse in 2003 final, and Perpignan in 2004. The club was also a finalist in the 2005 final, though they were defeated by Biarritz. He scored two tries in Stade's 48 to 8 win over Newcastle in the 2004-05 Heineken Cup quarter-final. They went on to defeat Biarritz in the semi-final, before facing Toulouse in the final at Murrayfield, which they lost. He was a replacement in the 2005-06 Top 14 9–12 semi-final loss against Toulouse.
Byron Terrance Kelleher (born 3 December 1976 in Dunedin, New Zealand) is a rugby union scrum-half who currently plays for Stade Français in the French Top 14, and has played 57 tests for the All Blacks. He went to Otago Boys' High School, and originally played for Otago in the NPC and the Highlanders in the Super 14, moving north in 2004 to play for Waikato and the Chiefs. He is 1.75m tall and weighs 95 kg. He was New Zealand's Super 12 Player of the Year in 1999. After meeting in 2005 Kelleher began a high profile relationship with pornography star Kaylani Lei, which ended in June 2006.
Kelleher had signed a contract to play for Agen in the Top 14 after the 2007 Rugby World Cup;Cain, Nick (2007-04-29). "Player exodus threatens world order". The Sunday Times (London). http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/rugby_union/article1719922.ece. Retrieved 2007-04-30. however, the club's relegation to the second-level Rugby Pro D2 after the 2006–07 Top 14 season caused the contract to be cancelled. Kelleher went on to sign with traditional Top 14 powers Toulouse, effective with the end of the Rugby World Cup. He won the "Bouclier de Brennus" (the French Rugby Union Title) in the 2007–08
Charles Christopher Hodgson (born 12 November 1980 in Halifax, West Yorkshire) is an English rugby union footballer. He plays fly-half for Saracens and England. He is also the leading Premiership points scorer of all time.
Hodgson was educated at Bradford Grammar School; the school hosts a rugby tournament for under-12s called the Charlie Hodgson Cup. He was a huge Halifax rugby league fan long before he ever played rugby union. A family friend invited him to Old Brodleians rugby club and his first game was for the opposition, as they were short. He has also played for Old Brodleians, Durham University and Yorkshire.He was first picked for Yorkshire by Keith Dyas.
He first played for Sale Sharks against French club Auch in 2000. Sale Sharks is where Hodgson has seen his greatest success in winning the 2005/06 Guinness Premiership in a dominant victory over Leicester Tigers at Twickenham. He marked his England début with a record breaking 44 point haul against Romania in November 2001, the most by any England player in a test match, when England won 134–0.
He was selected at centre in the 2003 Six Nations. He played 2 games at centre, only to be demoted to the subs bench for the
Fabien Pelous (born 7 December 1973) is a retired French rugby union footballer. A lock who also occasionally played as a number eight and flanker, he played almost all of his professional career for Stade Toulousain, and is the all-time leader in appearances for the French national team. He also retired as the most-capped lock for any nation in rugby history, with 100 of his 118 France appearances at that position; this particular record is now held by South Africa's Victor Matfield.
The son of a family of local farmers, Pelous was born in Toulouse and was introduced to rugby in Saverdun.
Pelous made his test début on 17 October 1995 against Romania.
He proved himself an inspirational captain for France after succeeding Fabien Galthié ahead of the 2004 RBS 6 Nations and enjoyed immediate success, leading Les Bleus to the Grand Slam in his first year and followed that up with a second-placed finish in 2005.
Pelous missed the summer test matches in 2005 with a serious knee injury. He returned to action in September and helped France to a 26-16 win over Australia in November. However, he was handed a nine-week ban in the aftermath of that victory after being found guilty of elbowing
James 'Jimmy' Gopperth (born 29 June 1983 in New Plymouth, New Zealand) is a rugby union player who plays for Newcastle Falcons in the RFU Championship. His position is first five-eighth and he played previously for the Hurricanes and Blues in the Super 14 and the Junior All Blacks. Gopperth has also played for Old Boys University in the Wellington premier competition and also played with distinction for New Plymouth Boys' High School at school level prior to moving to Wellington. Gopperth signed for current club, Newcastle Falcons in the summer of 2009 on a three year deal with the Guinness Premiership side, which he joined at the end of 2009.
Gopperth was born in New Plymouth and first played rugby for New Plymouth Boys' High School, before having his first break in the game and playing for the Old Boys University in the Wellington premier competition. Then, in 2004 at the age of 21, Gopperth signed for the then Super 12 team Hurricanes.
Gopperth made a good start to his career with the Hurricanes when he made 12 appearances in the 2004/2005 Super 12 season. All of his appearances during that season came from starting the game and he managed to score an impressive 139 points,
Lionel Nallet (born 14 September 1976 in Bourg-en-Bresse, Ain) is a French rugby union player who currently plays at lock for Racing Métro 92 in the French Top 14 club competition and is a former captain of the France national team. He began his professional career with CS Bourgoin-Jallieu, playing there from 1998 to 2003 before moving to Castres Olympique. Nallet moved from there to Racing in 2009.
Nallet made his international debut for France on 28 May 2000 in a test match against Romania at Bucharest's Dinamo Stadion. France won the match 67–20, with Nallet scoring a try on debut. He next played for his country the following year, in a match against England during the 2001 Six Nations Championship. Nallet made another five appearances for France that year, playing in test matches against the Springboks, the All Blacks, Australia and Fiji.
In 2003 Nallet played in matches against Argentina and the All Blacks. However, he was not included in the squad for the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia or in 2004. He played four times for France during November 2005. He was a part of France's 2006 Six Nations Championship victory and was subsequently included in the national squad for the
Enrico "Ricky" Januarie (born (1982-01-02)2 January 1982) is a South African rugby union scrum-half. Formerly of the Lions, he signed with the Stormers, in the Super 14 for the 2008 Super 14 season. He currently plays for Lyon OU in the Top 14. He was also a member of the South Africa squad. He announced his retirement from international rugby on 24 July 2011.
Januarie was one of the top players of his high School team. He is a former pupil of Weston High School in Vredenburg, South Africa. He scored the match winning try against the All Blacks in a 2008 Tri Nations Series test in Dunedin which the Springboks won 30–28 by running around the ruck and chipping the ball over the opposing fullback to score. In November 2009 he joined the Welsh regional team the Ospreys on a three month loan arrangement.
Lote Daulako Tuqiri (born 23 September 1979) is a Fijian/Australian professional rugby league player and former rugby union player who is currently signed to the Wests Tigers in the NRL who has represented Australia in both rugby codes, and Fiji in rugby league. He usually plays as a winger.
He first rose to prominence as a rugby league player for the Brisbane Broncos and Queensland Maroons, as well as the Fiji and Australia national sides. He switched to rugby union in 2002, winning 67 caps for Australia and being a part of their 2003 and 2007 World Cup squads. He played rugby union for the Waratahs in the Super 14, and Leicester Tigers in England in season 2009–10.
Tuqiri's contract with the Australian Rugby Union was terminated on 1 July 2009. No immediate reason was given, and Tuqiri returned to rugby league in 2010.
Tuqiri was born in Korolevu, Fiji to mother Titilia and father Tukula and grew up in Namatakula with family including older sister Mela, younger brother Tevita and sister Sereana. He moved to Australia with his family at the age of 15, settling at Sunnybank, Queensland (a suburb of Brisbane) where he began playing competitive sport for the Souths Sunnybank Rugby
Martín Leandro Castrogiovanni (born October 21, 1981) is an Italian Argentine rugby union footballer. He played for Ghial Calvisano, with whom he won the Italian championship in 2005. He has since signed a new contract with Leicester Tigers, and after a successful 2006/07 season with them was named Guinness Premiership player of the season. He wears the name "Castro" on his shirt rather than "Castrogiovanni"
A native of Paraná, Argentina, Castrogiovanni made his international debut for the Italian national team on June 8, 2002, during the tour against the All Blacks, and since, has become a regular in the national side. He played every game of Italy's 2004 Six Nations campaign and was a reliable member of their forward pack, being elected man of the match in the victory against Scotland. One of his most famous moments came in 2004, when during the summer tour against Japan he scored a hat-trick, a rarity for a prop forward. He has since since led the national team during the 2012 Six Nations Championship for 1 game in which Italy won versus Scotland 13-6, leading him to Tweet "Only unbeaten 6 Nations Captain".
Castrogiovanni and Marcos Ayerza signed three-year contract extensions
Pieter de Villiers (born 3 July 1972 in Malmesbury, South Africa) is a retired South African-born French rugby union footballer who represented France at international level and played in two Rugby World Cups, and ended his club career with Stade Français in the Top 14 competition in France. A prop, he was renowned for his scrummaging ability.
De Villiers made his debut for France in 1999, on 28 August in a test match against Wales in Cardiff, just prior to the start of the 1999 Rugby World Cup in Wales. Despite only having the one international cap, De Villers was included in France's World Cup squad. He came on as a replacement in the quarterfinal win over Argentina. He also played in the subsequent famous semi-final victory over the All Blacks. France made it through to the final, where they met the Wallabies. Australia won 35–12.
De Villiers was selected in France's 2000 Six Nations Championship squad, and played in all of France's five matches during the tournament. He also earned another two international caps in November of that year, and was in the starting lineup in the second of two tests against the All Blacks. He cemented his position in the starting lineup, where he
Sitiveni Waica Sivivatu (born 19 April 1982 in Suva, Fiji) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer, playing on the position of a wing. He was largely successful in the 2005 Super 12 season playing for the Chiefs, and acquired a starting position in the All Blacks. He has scored 29 tries in 45 tests. He also scored 4 tries for the Pacific Islanders in 2004, 2 of which he scored against his current team, the All Blacks and 2 against South Africa. Since the Pacific Islanders team has been sanctioned by the IRB, his 4 tries for them stands.
Sivivatu attended Ratu Kadavulevu School in Fiji before moving to New Zealand when he was 17. He attended Wesley College, the school that produced All Blacks great Jonah Lomu. He first played in the NPC with second division side Counties Manukau, eventually moving to the first division with Waikato. He was the only 2nd division player in NZ to win a Super Rugby contract. He regards as his hero Philippe Sella because "he could just do anything on the field of play. If he decided to drop he could do it from anywhere within his range, and he was an amazing player with ball in hand."
Sivivatu played for the inaugural Pacific Islanders rugby union team
Billy Trew (1 July 1878 – 20 August 1926) was a Welsh international centre, outside half and wing who played club rugby for Swansea Rugby Football Club. He won 29 caps for Wales and is seen as one of the key players of the first Golden Age of Welsh rugby union
Billy Trew was born William James Trew on 1 July 1886. Much like legendary Welsh rugby captain Arthur Gould before him, Billy Trew was part of a sporting family. His two brothers, Harry and Bert both played for Swansea RFC.
Trew's first match for Swansea was against Penarth on 8 October 1897 scoring a drop goal in the match, and very soon he was a permanent fixture in various positions behind the club's backs. He was made captain of Swansea for the 1906/07 season, a position he held for the next four season. After a year break when Dicky Owen took over the role, he took up the captaincy again for the 1912/13 season. He played for Swansea against the All Blacks in 1905 and captained the team in wins against the touring Australia (1908) and South Africa (1912) national sides.
By 1900 Welsh fans began wondering how Trew, a player who had outscored all other club players with 33 tries during the 1898/99 season and 31 tries in the
Cian Healy born 7 October 1987 in Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland, is an Irish rugby union footballer. He plays for Leinster and for the Ireland national team. He is registered to Clontarf RFC who play in AIB League Division 1. He is also a DJ, calling himself DJ Church, performing at both Oxegen 2010 and Oxegen 2011 in the Electric Ballroom with his band partner DJ Gordo.
He was educated in Belvedere College SJ, Dublin and won a Leinster Senior Cup medal in 2005.
On 23 May 2009, Healy was part of the Leinster team that won the 2009 Heineken Cup in a 19–16 win against Leicester Tigers and also part of the 2011 Heineken Cup Final winning team who beat Northampton Saints 33-22.
Healy was called into the Ireland A side that was defeated by England Saxons on 1 February 2008. On 21 June 2009, he was part of the Ireland 'A' team that won the 2009 Churchill Cup against England Saxons by 49–22 in the final in Colorado.
He was called up to the Ireland squad for the 2008 Six Nations Championship.
In November 2009, he made his international debut in the test against Australia at Croke Park, and was praised afterwards by coach Declan Kidney for his performance. Healy also played against South
Group Captain Sir Douglas Robert Steuart Bader ( /ˈbɑːdər/), CBE, DSO & Bar, DFC & Bar, FRAeS, DL (21 February 1910 – 5 September 1982) was a Royal Air Force (RAF) fighter ace during the Second World War. He was credited with 20 aerial victories, four shared victories, six probables, one shared probable and 11 enemy aircraft damaged.
Bader joined the RAF in 1928, and was commissioned in 1930. In December 1931, while attempting some aerobatics, he crashed and lost both his legs. Having been on the brink of death, he recovered, retook flight training, passed his check flights and then requested reactivation as a pilot. Although there were no regulations applicable to his situation, he was retired on medical grounds. After the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, however, Bader returned to the RAF and was accepted as a pilot. He scored his first victories over Dunkirk during the Battle of France in 1940. He then took part in the Battle of Britain and became a friend and supporter of Air Vice-Marshal Trafford Leigh-Mallory and his "Big Wing" experiments.
In August 1941, Bader bailed out over German-occupied France and was captured. Soon afterward, he met and befriended Adolf
Gareth Leon Delve (born 30 December 1982 in Cardiff) is a former Wales international rugby union player, and former captain of Gloucester. In late 2010 he moved to Australia where he went on to captain the Melbourne Rebels. His usual position is number 8.
Delve was a pupil at Rumney High School in Cardiff and accepted a Rugby scholarship from Colston's Collegiate School in Bristol before signing a professional contract with Bath in 2001.
After a few frustrating seasons at Bath, he was named in the Welsh squad for the 2006 Six Nations Championship, and earned two caps during the tournament, making his debut against Scotland. He was also called up for the summer tour to Argentina in June 2006, and earned another two caps, as well as scoring a try in the second Test.
In the summer of 2007 he moved from Bath to Gloucester Rugby. He was appointed joint captain of Gloucester in 2009, a position he held in 2010, before he moved to Australia.
In March 2010 he was recalled to the Wales squad and selected in the starting line-up for the match versus Ireland.
In 2011 Delve earned a call up to the initial 45 man Welsh World Cup squad, training in Spala Poland. He missed the first training
Graham Charles Dewes (born Suva, 24 January 1982) is a Fijian rugby union player. He plays as a prop.
He got his first cap for Fiji on 26 May 2007 in a 30–15 win over Japan. Dewes was a member of the Fiji squad that entered the 2007 Rugby World Cup finals, playing in four matches and scoring the winning try in the 38–34 win over Wales putting Fiji through to their first quarter final in 20 years. Fiji lost that quarter final to eventual winners South Africa despite drawing 20-all for a period in the 2nd half. He had 7 caps by the end of the competition. His mother is Rotuman from Noa'tau, Rotuma. Before his selection into the 2007 squad he had only played third division rugby in the NPC in New Zealand. He played in Auckland's age grades through to U-23s, and Thames Valley in the NPC. He currently plays for Counties Manukau Steelers in New Zealand.
Jonathan Thomas (born 27 December 1982 in Pembroke) is a Welsh international rugby union player who plays at flanker for the Ospreys. He has also played at number eight and lock.
He started out playing for Pembroke RFC juniors before playing for Swansea RFC and played for Wales at Under 16, Under 19 and Under 21 level. He made his international debut against Australia in 2003. He became noticed by many during the 2003 Rugby World Cup in the match against New Zealand.
Thomas has been part of two Six Nations Grand Slams in 2005 where he only started one of the matches and more recently in 2008 where he started every game and was one of the best players. He has been noted for his ball-carrying skills.
On 18 January 2010 he was named in the 35 man Wales national Squad for the 2010 Six Nations tournament.
In his appearances for Wales he has scored 7 tries.
Nicholas Patrick James Walshe (born 1 November 1974 in Chiswick London), and went to Worth school in Sussex is a rugby union footballer who plays at scrum-half for Bedford Blues and England.
Walshe moved from Saracens to Sale Sharks in 2002. He moved again in 2004 to Bath.
Walshe appeared several times over the years for the England A Team before winning his two full caps as a replacement on the 2006 tour to Australia.
In 2007 Walshe began coaching part time at a local Bath club, Old Sulians, laying the foundations for their promotion to the Somerset Premier. Walshe moved on again at the beginning of 2008 to a player/backs coach role at Bedford Blues.
Rupeni Caucaunibuca (/ruːˈpɛniː ˈðaʊðaʊnɪmˈbuːðɑː/; born 5 June 1980) is a Fijian rugby union footballer.
Caucaunibuca or "Rups", as called by those who knew him, grew up most of his life in the village. Caucaunibuca's father was a church minister based around the Bua province on the northern parts of Fiji so his family frequently moved.
Caucaunibuca was a keen rugby player in his youth as he began to show his skills, pace and athleticism during the afternoon touch rugby on his village ground.
Caucaunibuca went to Bucalevu, a school in Taveuni after completing his primary education at Kubulau District School in Bua. He took athletics and would often participate in the sprint event. His talent was recognized during secondary school trials at Ratu Sukuna Memorial School grounds. Caucaunibuca went on to represent the Bua Rugby team at the B Division championship but lost to Ovalau in the semi final. Ovalau went on to the premier competition.
Caucaunibuca caught the eye of the Fiji selectors and coach, the late Rupeni Ravonu at one of the local 7's competition in early 2000 and he selected the youngster to his Police team. Caucau excelled from there and later was rewarded and named in
Serge Blanco (born 31 August 1958 in Caracas, Venezuela) is a former rugby union footballer who played fullback for Biarritz Olympique and the French national side, gaining 93 caps, 81 of them at fullback. His alternative position was wing.
Blanco was born in Caracas to a Venezuelan father and a Basque mother, but was raised in Biarritz, France. He made his international debut against South Africa at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on 8 November 1980, which France lost 37-15.
He scored the deciding try in the semi-final of the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987, France winning 28-24 against hosts Australia. He also won Grand Slams with France in the 1981 and 1987 Five Nations Championship.
Serge Blanco captained the French side in the 1991 Rugby World Cup before retiring after their quarter-final defeat by England on 19 October 1991. He won a total of 93 caps (a record at the time) and still holds the record for the most tries scored for France (38). Despite his international success he has failed to win the national championship with his club Biarritz Olympique, despite making a final appearance in 1992. This match against Toulon was his last first-class rugby union match. In 1997 Serge
Stirling Austin Mortlock AM (born 20 May 1977 in Sydney) is an Australian professional rugby union player. He has scored over 1,000 points in Super Rugby, and nearly 500 test points for the Wallabies. Mortlock is a former Wallaby and Brumbies captain, and the current captain of the Melbourne Rebels.
Mortlock began playing rugby with Lindfield Juniors. Mortlock was educated at The King's School in Parramatta, Sydney. He represented Gordon Juniors at Colt level and still represents Gordon at club level today. He represented Australia at Under 19 and Under 21 level before pursuing a professional career with the Brumbies.
In 1998, Mortlock joined the ACT Brumbies. He was part of the Brumbies Super Rugby championships team in 2001. In 2004 he succeeded George Gregan as ACT Brumbies Captain and played every game that season except the final due to injury and thus was unable to lead the team to claim the Super 12 title that year.
Then Wallaby coach Rod McQueen plucked Mortlock out of club rugby at the young age of 20 to tour Argentina with the Wallabies in 1997.
In 2000, he made his Test debut against Argentina.
2000 was a landmark year for Mortlock - he became the fastest Australian to
Tomos George L. Shanklin (born 24 November 1979 in Harrow, London) is a former Welsh rugby union player who played Outside Centre for Cardiff Blues and Wales. He is Wales' most-capped centre. He played club rugby for London Welsh and then Saracens, before joining Cardiff Blues in 2003.
The son of Jim Shanklin who won four caps for Wales, Tom played for Wales at Under 19, Under 21 and Wales A levels and made his first international appearance for the senior side against Japan in Tokyo in the summer of 2001, scoring two tries. He made his debut in the Six Nations Championship against France in 2001, 32 years previously his father Jim had won his first international cap against the same opponents.
At first Shanklin was regarded as a "super sub" in the Welsh side, but later established himself in the starting lineup. He produced some notable performances in the 2004 Autumn internationals, scoring eight tries in the four games. This included four tries against Romania and a spectacular try against New Zealand. He was sometimes played as a wing, but started all the 2005 Six Nations matches in his preferred position at centre.
He was selected for the 2005 British and Irish Lions tour to
Brian Gerald O'Driscoll (born 21 January 1979) is an Irish professional rugby union player. He is the current captain of the Ireland Rugby team and captained Leinster Rugby until the start of 2008 season. He also captained the British and Irish Lions for their 2005 tour of New Zealand. Registered at University College Dublin RFC, he plays at outside centre for the Irish provincial team Leinster. O'Driscoll was chosen as Player of the Tournament in the 2006, 2007 and 2009 RBS Six Nations Championships.
O'Driscoll has 126 Test caps (second most-capped player in rugby union history), 120 for Ireland (83 as captain), and 6 for the British and Irish Lions. He has scored 45 tries for Ireland and 1 try for the Lions in 2001, making him the highest try scorer of all time in Irish Rugby. He is 8th-highest try scorer in rugby union history, and the highest scoring centre of all time. O'Driscoll holds the Six Nations record for most tries scored with 25. He has scored the most Heineken Cup tries (30) for an Irishman. He is widely regarded as one of the best centres to have played the game.
O'Driscoll was born in Clontarf on Dublin's Northside to Frank and Geraldine O'Driscoll, both general
Petrus Fourie du Preez (Afrikaans pronunciation: [fuˈri duˈpri.ə]; born 24 March 1982 in Pretoria) is a rugby union player. His position of choice is scrum half. Du Preez played for the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup competition in South Africa and the Bulls in the international Super Rugby competition. Du Preez is widely seen as the best scrum half in the world and one of the best players currently playing in world rugby.
Du Preez made his provincial debut during 2001 for the Blue Bulls in a match against the Leopards in the Currie Cup competition. It was in 2003 that he made his Super 12 (now, Super Rugby) debut for the Bulls side, against the ACT Brumbies. The following year he made his test match debut for the Springboks in a match against Ireland.
In 2006, du Preez was voted SA Rugby Player of the year by the South African Rugby Football Union. He was nominated for IRB player of the year as well.
Du Preez has won the IRB u/21 World Cup in 2002, the Currie Cup final three times ('03, '04 & '09 having been withdrawn from Currie Cup action in '06 by the then Springbok coach Jake White when the Bulls shared the cup), won the Super 14 title in 2007, 2009 and 2010, the Tri-Nations in
Gareth Owen Edwards CBE (born 12 July 1947) is a former Welsh rugby union footballer who played scrum-half and has been described by the BBC as "arguably the greatest player ever to don a Welsh jersey".
In 2003, a poll of international rugby players conducted by Rugby World magazine, Edwards was declared the greatest player of all time. In 2007, former England captain Will Carling published his list of the '50 Greatest Rugby players' in The Telegraph, and ranked Edwards the greatest player ever, stating; "He was a supreme athlete with supreme skills, the complete package. He played in the 1970s, but, if he played now, he would still be the best. He was outstanding at running, passing, kicking and reading the game. He sits astride the whole of rugby as the ultimate athlete on the pitch".
Edwards was prominent in the Welsh national team that was to the fore in European rugby in the 60s and 70s.
In the 2007 New Year Honours, Edwards was made a CBE for services to sport.
Edwards was born a miner's son in Gwaun-cae-Gurwen, Wales. He attended Pontardawe Technical School (now Cwmtawe Community School) for Boys where, he was taken under the wing of sports teacher Bill Samuels.
He won a
Bismarck du Plessis (born 22 May 1984) is a South African rugby union player, who plays for South Africa internationally, the Natal Sharks in the domestic Currie Cup, and the Sharks in Super Rugby.
A native of the town of Bethlehem in the Free State province, Bismarck du Plessis made his debut for the Sharks in Super Rugby (then the Super 12) in 2005. As he plays hooker and plays in the same team as South Africa's captain, John Smit, for much of his career he has been a backup to Smit; however, this has changed with Smit's recent move to tighthead prop. Before Smit's change of position, du Plessis nonetheless played in Super Rugby and the Currie Cup whenever Smit is unavailable, and in 2007 was selected to play for South Africa in the Tri Nations Series. He made his debut for South Africa as a substitute in the same game against Australia in Sydney in which his older brother, Jannie, who was in the starting XV, also made his Springboks debut. The du Plessis brothers became the 23rd set of brothers to earn caps for South Africa at rugby union.
Following an illness to Pierre Spies, Bismarck du Plessis was called into South Africa's squad for the 2007 Rugby World Cup; his brother
Daniel Care (born 2 January 1987 in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England) is an English rugby union player who plays for Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership, primarily playing at scrum-half but he can also operate in the fly-half role.
Care is a full England international and has also represented England Sevens and England Saxons.
Danny Care first played rugby union as a 6 year old with his local club in Leeds, West Park Bramhope RUFC (now called West Park Leeds RUFC), although his first love was football. At the age of 11 he was invited to join the Academy at Sheffield Wednesday Football Club which meant giving up club rugby although he was able to continue playing the game at Prince Henry's Grammar School in Otley.
He helped Prince Henry's win the Yorkshire Cup for Under-13's in 2000 but he missed almost all of the next season recovering from a broken leg sustained in a school game.
The following season he was forced to choose between football & rugby union and he asked Sheffield Wednesday to release him from his Academy contract so that he could concentrate on rugby and by the end of the season he had been selected for Yorkshire Schools Under-15's. This was his first taste of
David Lemi (born 10 February 1982) is a professional rugby player who plays on the wing for Worcester Warriors.
Weighing in at 75 kg and only 1.75m tall, he is one of the smaller professional rugby players. However, his electric pace and low centre of gravity enabled him to be the 2nd highest Premiership try scorer for the 2005-06 season; and top scorer in the 2006-07 season.
His skills and leadership made him one of the best ever 7s players for his country. As well as representing the 7s side, he has played for the senior 15-a-side team, representing his nation at the 2007 and 2011 World Cups.
He caught Bristol coach Richard Hill's eye in the 2005 Safari Sevens in Kenya and joined Bristol on a one year deal.
During the 2005-6 season, Lemi quickly impressed, scoring 8 tries in 12 appearances, and became a crowd favourite at the Memorial Stadium. He signed a two year contract extension in spring 2006.
Despite Bristol Rugby's relegation at the end of the 2008–9 season, Lemi still managed to win The Sunday Times Try of the Season Award for the try he scored against Bath Rugby in the first game of the season. He was the joint second top try scorer in the 2008-09 Guinness Premiership
Gethin Jenkins (born 17 November 1980) is a Wales and British Lions international rugby union player, currently playing for RC Toulon. He is the most capped front-row forward for Wales.
Educated at Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive school in Beddau, Jenkins first played rugby union aged 13 at Beddau RFC based in Pontypridd, starting out as a flanker but was pushed forward into the front row at age 15.
Jenkins later played for Pontypridd, then for Celtic Warriors before signing for Cardiff Blues. Jenkins joined French Top 14 side RC Toulon for the 2012-13 season.
Jenkins made his first appearance for Wales against Romania in 2002. In the 2005 Six Nations Championship he was rated one of the greatest influences in Wales' Grand Slam winning side, scoring a memorable try against Ireland.
In November 2007 he was asked to captain his country against South Africa by Welsh temporary coach Nigel Davies. His reign as captain would last just one game as in December Wales hired Warren Gatland as coach who gave the captaincy to Ryan Jones. However Jenkins kept his place in the squad solidifying himself as number one choice for the #1 jersey.
Jenkins captained Wales against Australia on 28 November
Thomas Mervyn Davies OBE (9 December 1946 – 15 March 2012), often known as "Merv the Swerve", was a Welsh rugby union player who won 38 caps for Wales as a No. 8.
Davies was born in Swansea, where he attended Penlan County School.
Davies joined London Welsh in 1968, later moving to Swansea. He won his first cap for Wales in 1969 against Scotland, going on to play 38 consecutive matches for Wales and scoring two tries. During this period Wales won two Grand Slams and three Triple Crowns. He went on the British and Irish Lions tours to New Zealand in 1971 and to South Africa in 1974, playing in eight tests. In a total of 46 international appearances for Wales and the Lions he only ended on the losing side nine times.
Tall and slight of frame, he grew a Mexican moustache to make himself appear more aggressive on the rugby field. He was nicknamed "Merv the Swerve" and is considered by some to be the greatest Number 8 that Wales has ever produced and one of its greatest at any position.
His career was ended by a subarachnoid haemorrhage suffered when captaining Swansea against Pontypool in 1976. He had collapsed during a game on another occasion, four years earlier, and had been
Owen Badger (3 November 1871 – 17 March 1939) was a Welsh international rugby centre who played rugby union for Llanelli and was capped four times for Wales. He later switched codes, playing professional rugby league for Swinton.
Badger came to prominence playing for Llanelli. He was part of the team that won the South Wales Challenge Cup during the 1893/94 under the captaincy of Ben James. While playing for Llanelli, Badger was first chosen to represent his country in a game against England as part of the 1895 Home Nations Championship. Under the captaincy of Wales legend Arthur 'Monkey' Gould, Wales lost the game 6-14, mainly due to far better play from the English forwards. Although appearing on the losing side, Badger was reselected for the very next game. The Scotland game was a much closer affair, but Wales lost this match too, though the final game of the tournament at home to Ireland saw Wales victorious thanks to Billy Bancroft's conversion of a Tom Pearson try. This match was Badger's only appearance on a winning international team under the rugby union code. His final amateur match for Wales was in the next season's opening game of the Championship. It was a torrid game
Richard Kahui (born 9 June 1985 in Tokoroa, New Zealand) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer.
Kahui plays in the position of Centre. He plays for Waikato in the Air New Zealand Cup and made his Super Rugby debut in 2006 with the Highlanders. Kahui was the top try scorer of the 2006 Air New Zealand Cup. In the 2007 Super 14 he was injured for a majority of the season, while playing for the Chiefs. In 2006 he was named the 'Air New Zealand Cup Player of the Year'.
In 2008 Kahui was also named as a member of the New Zealand All Blacks squad for the in-bound tours to New Zealand. He made his All Blacks debut on 21 June 2008, starting at outside centre (13), and scored a try in New Zealand's 44–12 victory over England. He has shown his versatility by playing on the wing (14) in the All Blacks 2009 Bledisloe Cup victory over Australia. Unfortunately, a six month shoulder injury he incurred at the end of his 2009 Super 14 season with the Chiefs, prevented him from playing in the All Black side later in the year.
In 2010, Kahui returned to the All Blacks and was dynamic in the second test against Wales in Dunedin, where he scored a try from playing on the wing. The following week
Rory Best (born 15 August 1982) from Poyntzpass, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland is an Irish rugby union footballer. He plays at the position of Hooker for Ulster and is registered for Banbridge RFC.
Best was educated at Tandragee Junior High School, Portadown College and studied Agriculture at Newcastle University where he played with the Newcastle Falcons academy. He returned home to join Belfast Harlequins in 2002 where he captained the team and gained his first Ulster contract in 2004. He made his debut for Ulster as a replacement at home to Munster in the 2005 Celtic League. He made his Ireland debut against the All-Blacks at Lansdowne Road in November 2005. He replaced his brother Simon as captain of Ulster for the 2007/08 season and continues to hold the position. He is renowned for his abilities as a scrummager. Best missed the entire 2009/10 season due to surgery on a chronic disc problem. Best scored two tries in 2011/12 and 2010/11 for Ulster.
Best made his international debut for Ireland as a replacement against the All Blacks in November 2005 and made his first start against The Springboks in 2006. He has been involved with the national team ever since, sharing the
Tony Diprose (born 22 September 1972, Orsett) is a former English rugby union footballer. He played at number 8.
Diprose attended The Campion School, Hornchurch.
In 1995/96, Diprose captained England A to an unbeaten season, just 12 months after being voted the RFU Young Player of the Year.
Diprose has won ten full caps for England and has a reputation of being one of the most talented footballing forwards of his generation. He won his first cap against Argentina in 1997.
In 1998, Diprose captained England against Australia after Matt Dawson was forced to withdraw through injury.
Diprose signed for Harlequins from Saracens in April 2001 and made his début in the pre-season friendly against Bedford at Goldington Road four months later (18 August 2001).
Diprose scored his first try for Quins in the Heineken Cup match away to Munster (5 January 2002) and for his efforts over the 2002/03 campaign, he was named 'Supporters Player of the Season.'
Diprose retired at the end of the 2005/06 season and joined the coaching staff at Harlequins as the Academy Manager.
Peter Charles Richards (born 10 March 1978 in Portsmouth) is a former English rugby union player. A versatile player, he has played in three positions: scrum half (his preferred role), fly-half and centre. Richards retired in the summer of 2010 because of a back injury.
He began playing mini rugby at Farnham Rugby Club, before he went to the Royal Hospital School, near Ipswich. He moved to Lord Wandsworth College, Hampshire for sixth form and played alongside Jonny Wilkinson reaching the Daily Mail Semi-Final in 1996. He featured in both the England U16 and U18 Group Schools teams before joining London Irish in 1996.
He quickly made his first team debut for London Irish against Leicester Tigers before joining Harlequins for the 1999–2000 season.
He left two years later and spent a year in Italy playing for Benetton Treviso, then returned to join Bristol Shoguns. He moved again, to Wasps at the start of the 2003–04 season, when the Shoguns were relegated from the Zurich Premiership.
In summer 2005, Richards moved to Gloucester to replace Andy Gomarsall. He re-signed with London Irish at the start of the 2007–08 season.
Richards has represented England at U19, U21 and A level.
Xavier Garbajosa (born 5 December 1976) is a retired French rugby player.
Garbajosa was born on 5 December 1976 in Toulouse. He plays in the back-line as a winger, center or full-back. He spent most of his career playing for the Stade Toulousain and moved to the Aviron Bayonnais in the French Top 14 club competition in 2007. With Toulouse, he won the French championship in 1999 and 2001, as well as the European Cup in 2003 and 2005.. Between 2001 and 2003, he was the top-scorer in the French Top 14 for 3 consecutive years.
He was a member of France's squad at the 1999 Rugby World Cup (in which France were the runners-up), and notably participated in the epic semi-final against New-Zealand. He was selected in the French squad for the 2003 Rugby World Cup but had to leave the team before the beginning of the competition due to an injury. He was considered one of the most talented French players of his generation (he was part of the team which won the junior world championship in 1995) but his career was disturbed by recurring knee injuries. He played for the French national team 32 times, making his debut in 1998 in a Test against Ireland, and scored 7 tries (35 points). With the
Ben Franks (born 27 March 1984 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) is a rugby union player for the Hurricanes in the Super Rugby competition and All Blacks. He plays as a prop.
Franks made his provincial debut for Canterbury against Otago in 2005. He has since played for both Canterbury and the Tasman Makos in the Air New Zealand Cup, securing 42 caps (16 for Canterbury, 26 for Tasman).
He played for the Crusaders between 2006 and 2012 in the elite Super Rugby competition, making his debut against the Chiefs in 2006. He joined the Hurricanes for the 2013 Super Rugby season.
Ben is the older brother of Owen also an All Black prop, and both represent the Linwood Rugby club in Christchurch. Both brothers were selected for the 2010 All Blacks squad to face Ireland and Wales in the home series thus being the first brothers to represent New Zealand since Robin and Zinzan Brooke.
On 26 October 2008, Franks was selected for the All Blacks end of year tour squad to travel to Hong Kong, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. He became Aranui High School's first ever All Black when he played against Munster at Thomond Park.
He started the first match of the Pacific Nations Cup against Samoa in
Jean de Villiers (born (1981-02-24)24 February 1981 in Paarl) is a South African rugby union footballer. He started his career at wing, but now primarily plays centre. De Villiers plays for Western Province in the Currie Cup, the Stormers in Super Rugby and internationally for South Africa, for whom he was named captain in June 2012.
A product of Paarl Gimnasium, the nursery of many a future South African star player (among them past international teammate Marius Joubert and current South African back-row star Schalk Burger), de Villiers made his first impact at international level in the South African Sevens team, playing a major role in teams that finished second in the 2001–02 World Sevens Series and third in the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Also in 2002, he made his first international impact in the 15-man game at the U-21 Rugby World Cup, scoring four tries in the tournament for the victorious Junior Springboks.
He made his first senior-level appearance for South Africa in November 2002 against France, but suffered a major knee injury five minutes into the game. After regaining fitness, he became an important player in the Boks' 2004 renaissance, which saw them earn an unexpected
Mahonri Schwalger (born 15 September 1978 in Apia, Samoa) is a professional rugby union footballer who plays for the Chiefs in the Super Rugby competition and for Counties Manukau in the ITM Cup. He is also currently the captain of the Samoan national team.
Born in Samoa, Schwalger moved to New Zealand in his youth and attended Waitakere College in Auckland. He made his provincial debut in 1999 for Hawke’s Bay against Waikato, and went on to play 44 matches for the province.
Schwalger moved to Wellington for the 2004 provincial season, and his solid showing for the Lions saw him drafted to the Highlanders for the 2005 Super 12 season. He made 5 appearances for the Highlanders, serving as backup at hooker to All Black Anton Oliver.
After two more seasons with Wellington, Schwalger was selected to the Hurricanes for the 2007 Super 14 season. For the Hurricanes, he made 9 appearances including one start.
In 2007, Schwalger moved to Europe, signing with the Llanelli Scarlets in the Magners League. After two seasons with the Scarlets, he signed with the Sale Sharks in the Guinness Premiership. Schwalgar left Sale at the start of the 2010-11 season to return to New Zealand, and signed
Ruan Pienaar (born 10 March 1984 in Bloemfontein) is a South African rugby union footballer who plays either as a scrum-half or as a fly-half. He joined Ulster for the 2010/2011 Magners League campaign.
He is the son of former Springbok fullback Gysie Pienaar. Ruan is regarded as a very skillful rugby player. Besides being able to pass well, he can kick with both feet, and his vision and running style moved former Springbok coach Jake White to compare him with Australian fly-half Stephen Larkham, which is high praise indeed.
Pienaar has been part of u19 (2003), u21 (2005) and senior IRB World Cup (2007) winning squads. He also won the Currie Cup in 2008.
He made his debut for the Springboks in the 2006 Tri-Nations against New Zealand and was a member of the successful 2007 World Cup squad. As he has not played club rugby in South Africa since June 2010 it seemed unlikely that he would be called up again to play for the national team. SARU has a policy of selecting foreign based players in exceptional circumstances only. However, on the 20th of June 2011 it was reported that Pienaar had been named in South Africa's 49-Man World Cup preliminary training squad.
Pienaar played his high
Isireli Bobo (born 28 January 1976) is a Fijian rugby union footballer, currently playing for the Paris club Racing Métro 92 in the Top 14 club competition in France.
Early in his career, he played for Grupo Dramático e Sportivo Cascais, a Portuguese team. He was in the Nawaqavesi 7s and was subsequently picked to play at the Japan 7s in 1998. He also played with the Fiji sevens side at the Dubai and Durban sevens circuits. He then signed with Spanish club Real Canoe NC, and the side went onto win the King's Cup in the 2001 season.
He returned to Fiji for the 2002 season and went on to captain the sevens side in 2003, as well as becoming a try-scoring machine; scoring 22 in just three tournaments. He subsequently signed with Wellington for the National Provincial Championship (NPC). He played 13 matches for the Wellington club, scoring seven tries. He then was called up to the Super 12, and played five games for the Hurricanes.
He made his international debut for Fiji on 5 June 2004 in a match against Tonga in Nuku'alofa which Fiji won by one point, 27 to 26, with Bobo scoring the winning try. He earned his second cap for Fiji on 12 June in the win over Samoa. In July he played
Arthur Joseph "Monkey" Gould (10 October 1864 – 2 January 1919) was a Welsh international rugby union centre and full back who was most associated as a club player with Newport Rugby Football Club. He won 27 caps for Wales, 18 as captain, and is considered the first superstar of Welsh rugby. Gould led Wales to the country's very first Home Nations Championship and Triple Crown titles in 1893; defining himself as a great player and captain in the match against England during the same tournament. Towards the end of his career Gould was at the centre of a controversy which saw Wales withdraw from international rugby for 12 months.
Gould was the most capped Welsh centre until Steve Fenwick of Bridgend beat the record at Lansdowne Road on 15 March 1980. He played 27 times for Wales, twice at full back and 25 at centre, ending his career against England on 9 January 1897. This last game was played in front of 17,000 supporters at Rodney Parade; Wales won 11–0. It was the 18th time Gould had captained Wales and this record stood until broken by Ieuan Evans in 1994.
A superb all round player and even-time sprinter with swerve, Gould could side-step and kick with either foot. He never
Herbert Benjamin 'Bert' Winfield (1878 - 21 September 1919) was an English rugby union player who played international rugby for Wales. He was a member of the winning Welsh team who beat the 1905 touring All Blacks and captained Wales against Ireland in 1908. He played club rugby for Cardiff.
Winfield is not one of the most well known of the players from the first Welsh Golden Era, which was probably due to his solid but unspectacular style of play. He was a strong kicker of the ball and in the fifteen matches he played for his country he scored 14 conversions and 6 penalty goals.
As Winfield was Nottingham born, he initially attended trials, at Exeter, for the England rugby team towards the end of 1901. The Western Mail's rugby correspondent reported that Winfield made "disastrous and uncharacteristic errors", and the England selectors chose Devonport's H.T. Gamlin in his position. On his arrival back in Wales Winfield told reporters that he now intended to represent Wales.
Winfield made his debut for Wales against Ireland in March 1903, after four and half seasons playing for Cardiff. Winfield may well have played earlier for Wales, but the full-back position before him was first
Geordan Edward Andrew Murphy (born 19 April 1978 in Dublin) is an Irish rugby union rugby player and plays fullback or wing for the English club Leicester Tigers and is a former Irish international.
He was officially named George after his father but his mother called him Geordan to avoid confusion. His six brothers and sister all played rugby union. Geordan was educated at Newbridge College, Newbridge, Co. Kildare before attending Waterford Institute of Technology and De Montfort University in Leicester.
Murphy played Gaelic football at Minor (U18) level with Kildare GAA in the All-Ireland Minor Football Championship. In 1997 shortly before he joined Leicester Tigers he gained his first U18 rugby cap for Ireland. He gradually made his way into the Tigers' first team squad, while gaining caps for Ireland U21. Opportunities at fullback were limited by the presence of Tim Stimpson, but he gained a place on the right wing. Murphy played in both of Leicester's back-to-back Heineken Cup final wins in 2001 & 2002.
In June 2000, after representing Ireland A and an Ireland XV, he made his full Ireland debut against the United States, scoring twice . The 2000/01 season saw him turning out
Ian Buckett (born 23 December 1967 near Holywell in Flintshire) is a former international rugby union front row forward who played for Swansea and London Welsh and played county rugby for North Wales. He was a championship winning player, an international and an academic.
He was a member of the 1992 Dark Blues team and attained three full caps for Wales.
Having scored in his Wales Students debut against England in the inaugural Student World Cup in Biarritz, Southern France in 1988 he would go on to earn selection for the Wales under-21 team both for a warm up game in Aldershot and internationally against Scotland. He had made his reputation after some bustling performances for North Wales representative sides.
Although rarely used at senior international level he was first capped for Wales against Tonga in Nukuʻalofa in 1994 which was the third of a four test tour and the second and decisive test on the Islands. Included that day were Paul John of Pontypridd and Steve Williams of Neath.
Ian had toured several times with the senior side. He had made his first appearance for a Wales XV in Swakopmund in Namibia in 1990.
He won further caps against the US Eagles in San Francisco in
Martin Osborne Johnson CBE (born 9 March 1970) is an English former rugby union player who represented and captained England and Leicester. He is mostly known for captaining England to victory in the World Cup in 2003. He became the new England team manager on 1 July 2008, replacing the previous manager Brian Ashton. He is regarded as one of the greatest locks to have ever played. He toured three times with the British and Irish Lions, becoming the only man to have captained them on two separate tours. He also led his club Leicester Tigers to back-to back Heineken Cup victories and won the league six times. Despite no coaching experience, he was appointed team manager of the national England Rugby Union side in April 2008, but left the post in November 2011.
Johnson was born in Solihull in the West Midlands, the second of three brothers — his younger brother Will plays back row forward. At the age of seven, his family moved to Market Harborough, Leicestershire,where Martin attended Ridgeway Primary School, Welland Park School and Robert Smyth School.
Johnson briefly played American football for the Leicester Panthers as a tight end or defensive end. In 1989 he was approached by
Michael Robert Leighton Blair (born 20 April 1981 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish rugby union footballer.
He plays professional rugby union as scrum-half for Edinburgh Rugby and represents Scotland.
He attended the Edinburgh Academy.
He has 3 brothers, the oldest Peter does not play rugby (although he has also achieved international honours as a prize winning tax accountant) but his brother David formerly played at fly half for Edinburgh Rugby between 2007 and 2011. His youngest brother Alex is currently taking a break from professional rugby (he played for Edinburgh Rugby in 2010-2011) after sustaining a lower back injury.
Blair's international debut came on 15 June 2002 against Canada and scored his first try for his country in the same game.
Blair was made captain of his country for the first time against Ireland in the 2008 RBS 6 Nations Championship and for the next 12 consecutive games.
He has over 80 caps for his country making his 50th appearance against Argentina in 2008 (2nd test) with the latest being against England in Scotland's final pool game of the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
He was injured playing for Edinburgh against the Llanelli Scarlets in January 2007 and
Nicolas Mas (born 25 May 1980 in Perpignan, France) is a Catalan/French rugby union footballer, who currently plays for USA Perpignan in the Top 14. His usual position is at prop. He also plays for the French national team.
Perpignan made it to the final of the 2002-03 Heineken Cup, but went down to fellow French club Stade Toulousain. Mas made his international debut in a match against the All Blacks on 28 June 2003. He did not play at the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia later that year. Perpignan made it to the final of the Top 14 in 2004, but were defeated by Stade Français, 38 to 20.
He did not play for France in 2004, being an unused bench replacement in tests against Australia and Argentina in November. The following year he played four times for France during the 2005 Six Nations Championship.
Mas was named to the France squad for the 2007 Rugby World Cup as a replacement for the injured Sylvain Marconnet. He also competed at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
Carlos James Spencer (born 14 October 1975 in Levin) is a former New Zealand rugby union footballer who is currently the kicking coach for the Lions. He previously also played at fly-half (first five-eighth) for the Lions in the Super Rugby and for the New Zealand All Blacks. He is well known for his flamboyant, attacking play and ball handling skills. He has signed to play for the Lions for 2010 and 2011, before moving into coaching.
He has generally specialised in the position of fly-half, also known as "first five-eighth" or "number 10", although he has also played fullback (number 15) at national and international levels.
Spencer first rose to prominence when he starred alongside Christian Cullen in a Ranfurly Shield challenge in 1991, playing for the Horowhenua team against Auckland. Auckland coach Graham Henry spotted Spencer's talent and recruited him to play for the Auckland team.
He played for the Blues Super 12 team from the inception of the competition in 1996 until 2005, and has played extensively for the Auckland National Provincial Championship (NPC) side. In 1996, Spencer played for the Blues in the first ever Super 12-match, kicking off the professional era of rugby
Adam Freier (born 20 March 1980 in Goondiwindi, Australia) is a rugby union footballer. Since 2011 he has played for the Melbourne Rebels in the Super Rugby competition. He usually plays hooker.
Son of Sydney rugby league footballer and coach Laurie Freier, he made the Australian Schoolboys in 1998 as well as the under-19s, which he captained the following year. In 2000 he signed with the ACT Brumbies and made his state debut against Queensland. He went onto play for the Australian under-21s, including captaining them at the 2001 under-21 Rugby Championships, in which they finished runner-up to New Zealand. He made his debut for the Wallabies in 2002, in a Test against Argentina.
Frier left the Brumbies and signed with the Waratahs for the 2003 season, and was selected to captain the Waratah's tour of Argentina in post-season 2004, and was voted player of the tour. In 2005 he was selected for the final match of the 2005 Tri Nations Series. After he was selected as the run-on hooker in the second Cook Cup match in 2006.
In April 2010 Freier signed on with the Melbourne Rebels for the 2011 season of Super Rugby. Freier told the Sydney Morning Herald his reasons for approaching the
Robert Brent Russell (born 5 March 1980) is a South African rugby union player. He is a "utility back" (capable of playing fullback, fly-half or wing) who plays for Clermont in the French Top 14. Previously, he had played with Saracens in England, and before that the Natal Sharks in the Currie Cup and the Sharks in the Super 14 for many years. He also featured frequently in the Springbok squad before his departure for Europe. He won 23caps and scored 40 points (8 tries) for his country.
Russell was born in Port Elizabeth. He was quickly brought up to international rugby level when he was selected for the 2002 Springboks team after making a good impression whilst in the national sevens team. In that year, he scored an especially memorable try in the Tri Nations against the Australian Wallabies in which he wriggled out of a seemingly sure tackle and successfully eluded several Wallabies on his way to the tryline. However, he has not been able to consistently break into the Boks lineup in recent years, a He is a very small player, especially for a rugby player, but for what he lacks in size and strength he makes up in speed, acceleration, agility and creativity. He is widely
Ryan Paul Jones (born 13 March 1981 in Newport) is a Wales international rugby union player who plays at number eight, blindside flanker or second row for the Ospreys. He has captained Wales on 28 occasions, a record held jointly with Ieuan Evans. He has been involved in three Grand Slam wins, in 2005, as captain in 2008, and 2012. He is one of a small group of Welsh players to have won three Grand Slams including Gethin Jenkins, Adam Jones, Gareth Edwards, Gerald Davies and JPR Williams.
Ryan Paul Jones was born on 13 March 1981, at Newport, Wales. He played junior football for Bristol City as a goalkeeper until the age of 14. He took up rugby union at age 17 to be with his friends at Risca RFC. He also played a couple of rugby league matches for South London Storm in 2000.
Jones started his career with the Celtic Warriors. In 2004, when the Celtic Warriors were disbanded he was offered a contract with the Ospreys, who went on to win the Celtic League in 2004–05 and its replacement, the Magners League in 2006–07. Jones was appointed captain of the Ospreys at the start of the 2007–08 season and under his captaincy the team went on to win the EDF Energy Cup in 2007–08, beating
Sean Lamont (born 15 January 1981 in Perth, Scotland) is a Scottish international rugby union player who plays at centre and on the wing. His younger brother Rory Lamont is also a Scotland international rugby union player.
Lamont attended Sheffield Hallam University where he studied Sports Science between 1999 and 2002. Additionally whilst at Sheffield Hallam he played alongside the likes of Chris Jones (Sale and England) and Dave Strettle (Harlequins and England). At university he became known among his rugby team mates as 'Shlong'.
In 2000 Lamont joined Rotherham and was the club’s under-21 captain in 2001. In the summer of 2003 he left Rotherham and joined Glasgow Rugby, where he went on to have a very successful first season and cemented himself as a fans' favourite at Hughenden. In the summer of 2005 Lamont joined Northampton Saints from Glasgow. Then, 13 days later, he added to his growing reputation by scoring 4 tries in one game against Saracens. Lamont is the first Saints player to achieve this since another Scot, Craig Moir, in 1996.
In May 2009 Lamont joined the Scarlets of Wales.
He has signed for Glasgow Warriors for the 2012-2013 season, joining his brother Rory at
Selwyn Hanam Biggs (June 1872 – 12 January 1943) was a Welsh international rugby union fly-half who played club rugby for Cardiff and county rugby for Glamorgan. Both Biggs and his brother Norman played international rugby for Wales, though they never played in the same match for Wales together. Biggs was described at the time as a 'certain tackler' and a 'fast, good dodger'. Biggs also played cricket for Glamorgan and was part of the team to face the touring South Africans in 1895.
Biggs followed his brother Norman when he joined Cardiff Rugby Club, the team he would represent throughout his international career. He was first selected to represent Wales in the opening game of the 1895 Home Nations Championship, the very next international after his brother represented Wales for the final time. Biggs was partnered in the half-back role with Llanelli's Ben Davies, himself a new cap; and the first of six partners he would be paired with over his nine match career. His first international was against England in a game played at St. Helens in Swansea. Under the captaincy of Wales rugby superstar Arthur 'Monkey' Gould, Wales lost 3-7, with the English forwards outplaying their Welsh
Xavier Joseph Rush (born 13 July 1977 in Auckland) is a former New Zealand rugby union footballer. He is a former All Black and played professional rugby in Wales for Cardiff Blues where he is the former captain.
Rush played domestic rugby with Auckland in the National Provincial Championship and Super 12 side the Blues between 1997 to 2005. He won the NPC Competition with Auckland in 2002 and the Super 12 with the Auckland Blues in 2003. He later captained both of these sides until the end of his contract with New Zealand Rugby where he managed to lift the Ranfurly Shield with Auckland in 2003. During his secondary school years, he maintained a place in the centenary 1st XV, playing, of course, at number 8.
Despite a successful domestic rugby career, Rush never shone at international level, having only eight All Black test caps to his name. He was only 21 when he made his test debut against the Wallabies in 1998. He would later play for the All Blacks during the 2004 Tri-Nations, against England and also the Pacific Islanders.
On 7 February 2010, Rush signed a two year contract with Ulster Rugby. Having sacked his agent he subsequently entered talks with the Cardiff Blues and
Yannick Jauzion (born 28 July 1978 in Castres, raised in Vénès, Tarn) is a French rugby union footballer. He plays at centre for Stade Toulousain and the French national team.
Jauzion is a key player behind Toulouse's and France's recent achievements. He is a member of the Toulouse team that reached the Heineken Cup final in 2003, 2004 and 2005. He was named as the man of the match in the 2005 Heineken Cup Final as Toulouse defeated Stade Français. He earned his first national cap on 16 June 2001 against South Africa. He played in France's Grand Slam winning teams of 2002 and 2004, but was ruled out of the 2006 Six Nations Championship through injury as France emerge as champions. He played all the matches during the 2007 Six Nations Championship that France won. He also scored the winning try in the 2007 World Cup quarterfinal against New Zealand that France won 20–18. In the 2009–2010 season, he played a central role as Toulouse won the Heineken Cup, with Jauzion collecting his third winners medal.
With a large physical presence combined with speed and flair, Jauzion is a superb line breaker and has the ability to break tackles and is a good crash ball player, making him arguably
Akona Zilindlovu Ndungane (born 20 February 1981 in Mthatha, South Africa) is a South African rugby union footballer. His usual position is on the wing, though he can play in the centres. He plays for the Bulls in the international Super Rugby competition as well as the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup. He was recently included in the Springboks squad.
Ndungane played with the Border Bulldogs in the Currie Cup, before he was loaned out to the Blue Bulls for two seasons. He was then bought outright by the Blue Bulls after the two strong seasons. In 2004 he was included in the Springbok Sevens side to compete at the IRB series in Bordeaux and London. In 2005 he made his Super 12 debut for the Bulls against the Cats.
Ndungane made the Springboks' 2006 Tri Nations Series squad, was included in the Springboks' 2007 Rugby World Cup squad, but had been left out of the squad for the 2008 Tri Nations Series. Among the players who got in ahead of him, was his twin brother Odwa Ndungane, who also plays wing.
Iain Robert Balshaw, MBE (born 14 April 1979 in Blackburn, England) is a rugby footballer who plays on the wing or at full back for Biarritz.
Balshaw was educated at the Jesuit Stonyhurst College, at junior level he played for Preston Grasshoppers and joined Bath as a teenager in 1997. He made his senior debut in 1998, scoring thirteen tries in his first season.
Balshaw burst on to the international scene in 2000, when he was heralded as one of England’s most exciting young talents. He was picked on the replacements’ bench for every one of that year’s internationals. He won his first cap for England in 2000 at the inaugural Six Nations Championship match against Ireland, coming on as a substitute. In November 2000, he came on late in the England-Australia autumn International at Twickenham to give Dan Luger a last minute winning try, starting calls for his inclusion in the England starting line-up.
In the following 2001 Six Nations he finally made the starting line-up for England at full back and stunned the Welsh in the opening game at the Millennium Stadium; England winning 44–15. He toured Australia with the British and Irish Lions in June 2001, but suffered from a lack of form
Ben Tune (born 28 December 1976 in Brisbane) is an Australian rugby union player. He played most of his rugby career on the wing but later switched to outside centre.
Tune was educated at St Pauls School, Bald Hills and played his junior rugby for Brothers/Teachers North. He went on to play for GPS Rugby. He played for the Queensland Reds in their inaugural Super 12 season in 1996, making his debut against the Highlanders. After playing in the first season of Super 12, Tune went on to make his test debut that same year, playing Wales.
Tune was an important member of the national side that claimed the 1999 Rugby World Cup in Wales, even scoring a try in the final against France. He returned to the Reds' lineup and retired after the 2007 season. He was named on the right wing in the Wallaby Team of the Decade. Which at the end of his career had scored 24 tries in 46 tests for the Wallabies. More recently he has taken up a commentating position on Channel 10 alongside Rupert McCall and former team mate Ben Darwin.
Brett Sheehan (born 16 September 1979) is an Australian rugby union footballer. He plays for the Western Force in the Super Rugby tournament. He was also included in Australia's squad for matches during the 2006 Tri Nations Series.
Sheehan previously played for the Queensland Reds, playing four Super 12 matches for them in 2005. He then moved back to Sydney, to play for the Waratahs for the 2006 season. At the conclusion of the 2008 season Brett announced that he will be moving to the Western Force franchise. He has earnt a call-up into the Wallaby squad, during the coaching era of John Connolly. Sheehan has also played rugby league in the past, having played for a number clubs in the National Rugby League; such as the Brisbane Broncos, Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Florian Fritz (born 17 January 1984 in Sens, Burgundy) is a French rugby union footballer. His usual position is in the centre, and he currently plays for Stade Toulousain in the Top 14 club competition in France. Fritz has also played for France.
He played his first Heineken Cup match during the 2003–04 tournament, scoring a try in the his fifth match against Gloucester for CS Bourgoin-Jallieu. Fritz moved to Toulouse in 2004 and he scored two tries for Toulouse during their 2004-05 Heineken Cup, with Toulouse eventually winning the tournament, defeating fellow French side, Stade Français 18 points to 12.
His good form at Toulouse was rewarded with selection in the France squad for the 2005 mid-year Test against South Africa. He went on to make his international debut against the Springboks on June 18 in Durban which resulted in a 30-all draw. That year Fritz earned further international caps for France in matches against Australia in Marseille and South Africa in Paris. He played for France during the 2006 Six Nations Championship, playing his first Six Nations match against Scotland on February 5. Although France lost that match 16 to 20, France went on to win the tournament. He
Guy Shepherdson (born 17 February 1982 in Jakarta, Indonesia ) is an Australian rugby union footballer. His usual position is at tight-head prop. He currently plays for the Reds in the international Super Rugby competition, and has played for the national team, the Wallabies.
Shepherdson was born in Jakarta as his father worked as an aid official for the Australian International Development Assistance Bureau (AIDAB), now known as AusAID from 1981 to 1983.
The family then moved to Canberra and Shepherdson was educated at Canberra Grammar School. He was a member of the Brumbie Academy squad in 1997. He played for the Australian Schoolboys in 1999 and went onto represent Australia at the under-19 and under-23 level. He went onto complete two stints with the Bay of Plenty in the National Provincial Championship in New Zealand. Sheperdson made his Super 12 debut for the Brumbies in 2004, against a New Zealand team, the Auckland Blues in Canberra. He went on to earn another 13 caps for the Brumbies during that season.
He was included in new Australian coach John Connolly's squad for the Wallabies' 2006 mid-year rugby test series. He went onto make his international debut on 24 June,
Olivier Milloud is a French rugby union footballer, currently playing for Stade Français in the Top 14. He has also played for the French national team, including being a part of their 2003 Rugby World Cup squad. He usually plays as a prop.
He made his international debut for France in a match against Romania on 28 May 2000. He had surgery on his ankle in 2003, though he recovered in time to be named in France's squad for the 2003 Rugby World Cup. He played in five matches during the tournament in Australia. Although he did not play in the 2004 Six Nations Championship, he played three matches in 2005 and then played in France's summer and autumn internationals. He scored his first try for the France national team against Scotland on 17 March 2007 during the last match of the 2007 Six Nations Championship, which saw them win the title.
Patricio Albacete (born December 9, 1981 in Buenos Aires) is an Argentine rugby union footballer. He currently plays for Stade Toulousain in the top level of French rugby, the Top 14 competition. He has also represented the national Argentina team, including being a part of their 2003 Rugby World Cup squad. His usual position is at lock. He won the Top 14 in 2008 and the H-Cup in 2010. In January, Patricio Albacete announced on his official website that he signed a new 4 years deal with Stade Toulousain.
Luke Matthew Fitzgerald (born 13 September 1987) is a Rugby Union footballer. He currently plays at winger or centre for Leinster. Having previously studied at Blackrock College he won two Leinster Schools Senior Cups, in 2004 and 2006. He won his first cap for Ireland in November 2006. Fitzgerald has earned the nickname "Pivot" from Leinster and Irish rugby fans due to his exciting runs and sidesteps from broken play.
An Irish speaker, Fitzgerald has a particular interest in the language. He played hurling at underage level. In Gaelic football, he is a fan of the Dublin senior football team. He played Gaelic Football while he was growing up at Naomh Olafs GAA Club. Fitzgerald's father Des also played international rugby for Ireland, earning 34 caps at prop between 1984 and 1992.
Fitzgerald played for the Blackrock College Senior Cup Team from 2004–2006, winning two Leinster Senior Cup Medals, in 2004 and 2006. He also won a Leinster Junior Cup Medal in 2003, beating Gonzaga College in the final.
He was the 2005 Irish Examiner Young Rugby Player of the Year.
After leaving school, Fitzgerald joined renowned south Dublin club Blackrock College RFC, a natural transition from schools
Andrew Charles Thomas Gomarsall MBE (born 24 July 1974 in Durham) is a former rugby union player who played at scrum-half for Leeds Carnegie and England.
He previously played for Gloucester Rugby, Bedford and Wasps. Until May 2006 he was contracted to Worcester Warriors for three seasons from 2005, but was released after one year of a three year contract — an action which is still subject to potential legal action by Gomarsall. He was released by Harlequins F.C in 2009 and joined Leeds Carnegie for the 2009–2010 season to continue Guinness Premiership rugby.
Gomarsall sprang to prominence when he led the 1992 England Schools U18 team to their first Grand Slam in 11 years. The following season, he joined London Wasps and made his full England debut in 1996 against Italy. In 1997 he played in three Five Nations games and came on twice as a replacement on tour in Argentina.
On the club scene, he was a member of London Wasps’ 1999 Powergen Cup winning side, then transferred to Bedford, where he was captain, before being persuaded to join Gloucester Rugby. He was a Gloucester Rugby favourite, and took part in his second Powergen Cup triumph in 2003.
In 2002 Gomarsall re-ignited his
Billy Bancroft (2 March 1871 – 3 March 1959) was a Welsh international fullback who played club rugby for Swansea and a county cricketer for Glamorgan, becoming their first professional player in 1895.
Bancroft was seen as one of the first true stars of Welsh rugby and played rugby with extreme self-confidence. He possessed great speed and was an excellent kicker of the ball, though some critics felt his defensive play was weak. His brother Jack also played rugby for Wales.
Bancroft made his first club appearance for Swansea on October 5, 1889. He would play for Swansea for his entire career and is considered one of the greatest fullbacks to have played for the club. In the fourteen seasons he played with Swansea he was their top points scorer in twelve of them.
Bancroft was first capped on February 1, 1890 against Scotland as a replacement for the injured Tommy England. Bancroft would play 33 times for his country, all consecutively, a record that would lay unbroken until Ken Jones did so in 1954. Although Bancroft would only win two out of his first nine Welsh games, he was part of the Wales team that won their first Triple Crown in 1893. The first game of that season saw Wales
Daniël Hartman Craven (11 October 1910 - 4 January 1993), more famously known as Danie Craven or simply Doc Craven, is a former Western Province, Eastern Province, Northern Transvaal and Springbok rugby union player as well as arguably South Africa's best and best-known rugby administrator. He also coached the Springboks between 1949 and 1956, becoming one of the most successful Springbok coaches of all time.
He was born in Lindley, Free State province, South Africa and attended the Lindley High School there. Later he studied at Stellenbosch University in the Western Province where he received his Doctorate and eventually also lectured, and played for the Western Province rugby union team.
He married twice and had four children.
During his stay at Stellenbosch he became the residence principle of Wilgenhof.
He played his first test match on 5 December 1931 (as scrum half) at the age of 21 against Wales at St Helens, Swansea. His last test match was on 10 September 1938 as captain (also as scrum half) at the age of 27 against the British Lions at Newlands, Cape Town. During the 1930s he was one of the world's leading scrumhalves, but the start of the Second World War in 1939
James Frederick Byrne (19 June 1871 – 10 May 1954) was English sportsman who captained Warwickshire at first-class cricket and was capped in rugby for both England and the British and Irish Lions.
Byrne made a century on debut, in his maiden first-class innings, against Leicestershire at Edgbaston in 1897. He finished the summer with 642 runs at 33.78 from 12 matches and although he scored 943 runs at 21.93 in 1905, the effort in his debut season was perhaps better as he played considerably less matches.
A hard-hitting batsman, Byrne was captain of Warwickshire from 1903 to 1907 and it was during this time that he had most success with the ball. He took 31 wickets at 24.54 in 1904 and 22 wickets at 28.95 in 1905. Earlier, in 1902, Byrne had the distinction of claiming the wicket of W. G. Grace twice in one match, when the England great was playing for London County against Warwickshire at Crystal Palace.
Byrne represented the Gentlemen cricket team in a 1905 fixture of the Gentlemen v Players matches. He scored 24 and 10 in his two innings, dismissed by John Gunn on both occasions. He made his highest score of 222 when he opened the batting with Sep Kinneir, against Lancashire at
John Southern Spencer (Born 10 August 1947) is a former England international rugby union player. He was born in Grassington, Yorkshire, in 1947 and educated at Cressbrook, Sedbergh School, and Cambridge University. He has three children, David, Hazel and Emily.
Spencer played for Cambridge in the Varsity Matches of 1967, 1968 and 1969. He played club rugby for Headingley as a centre and made his England debut at the age of 21 against Ireland at Lansdowne Road, Dublin, in February 1969. He went on to play 14 times for England, scoring 2 tries. His last game was against the President's Overseas XV in a Rugby Football Union centenary match at Twickenham in April 1971. He captained England in four internationals.
Spencer was selected for the 1971 British Lions tour to New Zealand and played in ten matches on the tour but he did not appear in any of the four test matches against the All Blacks. He also represented the Barbarians.
He is now head of Club England which is part of the RFU as well as President of the Wharfedale R.U.F.C. in Grassington.
Kevin Senio is a New Zealand rugby union professional who currently plays for ASM Clermont Auvergne. Senio is also a former All Black, making his debut after coming on for Piri Weepu against Australia in New Zealand's 34–24 win in the final match of the 2005 Tri Nations Series and is currently a Junior All Black. That is Senio's only test thus far into his career. During his time at Bay of Plenty, Senio played in a tour match against the British and Irish Lions.
Senio signed a two year deal with the Canterbury Rugby Football Union (CRFU) on 26 September 2005, making him eligible to play for the Crusaders, after former Canterbury and Crusaders half-back, Justin Marshall, left to play in England following the 2005 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand. Senio also left after playing second fiddle to starting Chiefs' half-back, Byron Kelleher, who is also an All Black. Many were surprised by Senio's decision to leave Bay of Plenty (BoP), especially after he told his team mates that he was to stay with the province. BoP received $50,000 NZD from the CRFU because of Senio's All Black status.
Senio was expected to be the Crusaders first choice scrum-half in the 2006 Super 14 season.
Albert Percival "Percy" Coldrick (c. 1888 – 26 December 1953(1953-12-26) (aged 65)) was a Welsh dual code rugby player who played rugby union for Newport and rugby league for Wigan. He represented Wales under the union code and Wales and Great Britain under league rules.
Born in Caerleon, Coldrick played for several teams, including a single game for Harlequins and represented Monmouthshire at county level, before being selected by Newport in 1909.
Coldrick gained his first international cap in a game against England as part of the 1911 Five Nations Championship. Under the captaincy of Billy Trew at the Swansea's St Helens Ground, Wales won the game 15-11. Coldrick was re-selected for the next game against Scotland, but failed to appear in the inaugural match in Paris. Coldrick was back for the final game in a Championship decider between Wales and Ireland and when the Welsh team won the match Coldrick became a Grand Slam and Triple Crown winning international. Coldrick played three games in the 1912 tournament, with his final rugby union international game being a contest against the French team at Rodney Parade. Although Wales beat France, eight of the fifteen Welsh squad never
Sean Fitzpatrick MNZM (born 4 June 1963 in Auckland) is a former rugby union footballer who represented New Zealand, and is widely regarded as one of the finest players ever to come from that country. He is also the son of former player Brian Fitzpatrick. Sean Fitzpatrick is the Founder and Director of Front Row Hospitality Ltd, which includes Front Row Leadership.
Sean Fitzpatrick's high school education was at Sacred Heart College, Auckland. As a primary school student he attended at Mt Carmel Primary (Auckland).
A product of the powerful Auckland provincial side, Fitzpatrick made his international debut as one of the "Baby Blacks" in the 1986 Test series in France. Although most of the regular starting fifteen for New Zealand had been suspended following the unauthorised "Cavaliers" tour of South Africa, the All Blacks won, and a number of new faces made their mark on the selectors. Despite this start, Fitzpatrick still went in to the inaugural Rugby World Cup as second choice to captain Andy Dalton. However, Dalton had to withdraw from the early stages of the tournament due to injury, and although he recovered in time for the finals, Fitzpatrick kept his place in the team,
Takudzwa Ngwenya (born July 22, 1985 in Harare, Zimbabwe) is a rugby union player who plays on the wing for the United States national rugby union team and French power Biarritz. He made his mark in the 2007 Rugby World Cup with scintillating tries against South Africa and Samoa.
The oldest of three boys, Ngwenya first played rugby in Zimbabwe for the Mashonaland Club and for Vainona High School, from which he graduated in 2003. After moving to the USA, he played for the Plano Rugby Club in Plano, Texas and went on to play for the Dallas Athletic Rugby Club for a few years. He was clocked at 10.5 hand time for the 100 m dash. DARC Rugby sent him to play for the Texas Select Side and the USA Under 19 national team, then the national Sevens team that came first in Bangkok and the 2007 North America 4.
Ngwenya was offered a one month trial at Saracens in England's Guinness Premiership by new coach Eddie Jones. However, he got a considerably better offer from Biarritz in France's Top 14, signing a two-year contract with them on 6 November 2007. Since 2007 Ngwenya has been a constant presence on the wing for Biarritz. In the 2009–10 Heineken Cup he helped the club make their first
Benjamin Christopher "Ben" Cohen, MBE (born 14 September 1978) is an activist and former England rugby union international player. He began his professional career with Northampton Saints in 1996; in 2007 he moved to France to represent Brive before returning to England two years later to join Sale Sharks. In May 2011, Cohen retired from professional rugby, and will focus on The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation he created to combat homophobia and bullying.
Cohen was born in Northampton. He was educated at Kingsthorpe Upper School. This was not a rugby playing school and at age 12 he first started playing with Northampton Old Scouts RFC
Regarding his background, Cohen has stated “My family’s not Jewish... but a few generations back they used to be. I think it was my great grandfather that married a non-Jewish girl and broke with tradition.”
In November 2000, Cohen's father Peter Cohen, brother of English World Cup winning football player George Cohen, was fatally injured while protecting an attack victim at the Eternity nightclub in Northampton which Peter Cohen managed. He died a month later from head injuries sustained in the assault. Three men were found guilty of violent
Edward "Teddy" Bishop (10 October 1864 – 24 February 1919) was a Welsh international rugby union player who played club rugby for Swansea and was capped once for Wales.
During the 1882/83 season, Bishop was part of the Llandovery College team that played against fellow Welsh college team Christ College, Brecon. By 1888, Bishop had switched to first class rugby club Swansea, and that year he was part of the team that faced the first international touring team, the New Zealand Natives. Bishop was suffering with damaged ribs, but played regardless showing bravery throughout the match. At one point Bishop missed the goal from a dropkick by a matter of inches. Swansea eventually lost the game by a goal and two tries to nil.
In 1889 Bishop was selected for his one and only appearance for Wales. As part of the 1889 Home Nations Championship, Bishop was chosen to play against Scotland at Raeburn Place under the captaincy of Frank Hill. Wales lost the match and Bishop never represented his country again.
Imanol Harinordoquy (born 20 February 1980) is a French rugby union player who typically plays as a number 8 for Biarritz at club level in the Top 14 and for France internationally. Before signing with Biarritz ahead of the 2004–05 season, he played club rugby at Pau.
Within ten years, at the highest levels, Harinordoquy won two Top 14 titles, five Six Nations victories (2002, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2010), which included three Grand Slams (2002, 2004, 2010).
A native of Bayonne, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Harinordoquy grew up in St-Jean-Pied-de-Port (Basque: Donibane Garazi). He grew up playing many sports, among them pelota, swimming, football and judo. Harinordoquy began concentrating on the sport of rugby following a knee injury at the age of 14, which limited his football development. He began his career playing for US Nafarroa and quickly advanced in the sport. While excelling at Nafarroa and later Pau, Harinordoquy represented France at under-19 and under-21 levels. He was also brought up in the family's cattle-trading business; when it came time for him to choose between the business and rugby, he opted for the latter. Harinordoquy did, however, earn a BTS in agricultural
Jaque Fourie (born 4 March 1983 in Carletonville, South Africa) is a South African rugby union footballer. He is a versatile backline player whose usual position is in the centres. He was a member of the 2007 Rugby World Cup winning team, playing at outside centre for 6 out of 7 matches, including all 80 minutes of the World Cup Final, which South Africa won 15-6. He currently plays for Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers in the Japanese Top League competition.
Fourie made his international debut on 11 October at the 2003 Rugby World Cup at outside centre for the Springboks against Uruguay at Subiaco Oval in Perth, and scored a try on debut. He also played against Georgia during the pool stages, scoring another try. He was a reserve for subsequent World Cup games against Samoa and the All Blacks.
He next played for the Springboks in June 2004, playing on the left wing against Ireland, which South Africa won 26–17. He played a further three times for the Springboks that year; against England at Twickenham, Scotland at Murrayfield in November as well as a match against Argentina at Vélez Sársfield Stadium in Buenos Aires.
The following year he played in the IRB Rugby Aid Match and was a
Juan Hugo Smith (born 30 July 1981 in Bloemfontein, South Africa) is a South African rugby union footballer who represents South Africa in international test rugby, the Vodacom Cheetahs in the Super Rugby competition, and the Free State Cheetahs in the Currie Cup. Smith usually plays as a blindside flanker, although he has also played number eight. He is the current captain of the Vodacom Cheetahs.
Smith made his international debut for South Africa on 7 June 2003 as a reserve in the 29-25 victory over Scotland at Kings Park Stadium in Durban. He was also named in the Springboks' team for the second Scottish Test the following week. He then played at number 8 during the 2003 Tri Nations Series against Australia and the All Blacks.
Smith was included in the Springboks squad for the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia. He played in four matches at the World Cup and scored a try in the match against Manu Samoa. Although he only played the one Test for South Africa during 2004 - against Wales at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff in November, he was capped 10 times for the Springboks the following season.
He was a reserve in matches against Uruguay and France, before being moving up into the
Mario Ledesma Arocena (born 17 May 1973 in Buenos Aires) is an Argentine rugby union footballer. He currently plays for the French club ASM Clermont Auvergne in the Top 14 competition. He also previously played for another French club, Castres Olympique, Narbonne and Curupaytí club in Argentina. Ledesma has also played for the Argentina national team, including being a part of their 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011 squads. His usual position is at hooker.
Ledesma was an under-19 and student international for Argentina during the early years of his career. He made his international debut against Uruguay in 1996. He played one other match in 1996, against Canada. He then became a regular in the Argentina team, and even captaining them against Japan in September 1998. He played numerous games during the 1999 World Cup in Wales.
He won over 10 caps in the build up to the 2003 World Cup in Australia, where he played in numerous games, including the tournament opener against the Wallabies at Telstra Stadium, Sydney. He went on the November tours in both 2004 and 2005, and was a part of the team that defeated Wales in the home Test series during June 2006.
Ledesma is one of many unsung and
Mirco Bergamasco (born 23 February 1983) is an Italian rugby union footballer. He primarily plays centre, presently with Parisian club Racing Métro in the French Top 14, and internationally with Italy. Before joining Racing for the 2010–11 season, he had spent seven seasons with the other (and, in recent years, more prominent) Paris club Stade Français.
Born in Padua, Bergamasco is the son of Arturo and the younger brother of Mauro Bergamasco, both Italian internationals. He made his international debut against France in the 2002 Six Nations Championship, having previously appeared against an All-Star XV in a non-cap international.
He established himself as a regular in the Azzurri side under John Kirwan, but suffered a jaw injury during the 2003 World Cup in Australia, and was forced to miss all but two of Italy's games – spoiling a great year which had seen him score three tries in the 2003 Six Nations Championship.
He switched to inside centre from the back three and was considered one of the stars of the 2006 Six Nations Championship, scoring three tries in five matches.
Bergamasco appeared on the cover and in the 2004 edition of Les Dieux du Stade, a calendar in which French
Scott Hastings (born 4 December 1964) is a Scottish Rugby Union player. He won 65 caps at centre for Scotland from 1986 to 1997. Scott is the younger brother of Scottish great Gavin Hastings. They both earned their first cap on 17 January 1986 against France. When he retired, he was Scotland's most-capped player ever. Twice a member of the British Lions in 1989 (Australia) and 1993 (New Zealand) where he suffered a shattered cheekbone and did not play against the All Blacks.
Although sometimes overshadowed by his brother Gavin, Scott Hastings is himself one of the greatest players in Scottish rugby history.
Bath also reminds us of Scott Hastings' proudest moment:
Scott was invited to open Dunstane City Hotel, near Murrayfield, in 2008.
Scott has appeared as a guest presenter on STV's daily lifestyle show The Hour on a few occasions - his first show being in November 2009, alongside main anchor Michelle McManus. The Scottish magazine programme airs weekdays at 5pm.
He was a co-commentator for ITV's coverage of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Shane Patrick Horgan born 18 July 1978 in Bellewstown, County Meath (near Drogheda) is a former rugby union player who played wing or centre for Leinster and Ireland. He is 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) tall.
While Horgan was young he played for Boyne RFC. He also played Gaelic football at Minor (U18) level with Meath. He was educated at a boys' Catholic school, St. Mary's Diocesan School in Drogheda, and was active in their rugby team.
Horgan joined Lansdowne on leaving school in 1997, making his debut for Leinster in 1998. During his career he played for the province 76 times in the Heineken Cup scoring 27 tries and a drop goal for a combined total of 138 points. He was a member of a Leinster backline which included the likes of Brian O'Driscoll, Gordon D'Arcy, Denis Hickie, Felipe Contepomi, Isa Nacewa, Rob Kearney and Jonathan Sexton.
He made his debut for the Ireland senior side against Scotland in the 2000 Six Nations Championship, scoring a try in the process. In the following game against Italy he scored 2 tries and added another one against Wales during the tournament. He was selected for the 2005 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand. He was used as a substitute during all
Timothy Adam North Payne (born 29 April 1979 in Swindon) is an English rugby union footballer who plays at prop for London Wasps.
Payne started his playing career as a child at Painswick RFC- the oldest village rugby club in England. Payne has previously played for Coventry R.F.C., Bristol Rugby and Cardiff RFC. He joined London Wasps in 2003 and was a member of the side that won the Heineken Cup in his first season. Payne has played in three Guinness Premiership finals, winning them all.
Payne was selected for the 2004 Summer tour, making his debut against Australia. His next two caps came on the 2006 Summer tour, again against the Wallabies.
Payne has featured for England in the 2007 Six Nations, 2008 Six Nations and 2010 Six Nations.
He was called into the squad for the 2009 British and Irish Lions Tour. He did not feature in a Test match but did start against the Emerging Springboks.
Alexis Palisson (born 9 September 1987 in Montauban, Tarn-et-Garonne) is a French rugby union footballer. He plays as a fullback and wing. He is 1.76m tall and weighs just 83 kg.
He currently plays for Toulon in the French Top 14 after signing from Brive in 2011. He made his international debut for France on 28 June 2008 against the Wallabies. He also represented France in an U19 competition in Dubai.
In July 2011, Palisson featured in a topless pose in Têtu wearing a fake moko and holding a taiaha. This caused controversy in New Zealand, with some Maori saying that Palisson was being disrespectful to their culture and that permission should have been sought from a particular iwi as the moko usually represents iwi affiliation. Palisson was eventually forced to apologise for any offence caused and stressed that he respects tattoo traditions. He played as France reached the 2011 Rugby World Cup Final in New Zealand.
Julien Arias (born 26 October 1983 in Marseille) is a French rugby union footballer. He currently plays for Stade Français Paris in the top level of French club rugby, the Top 14. His usual position is on the wing. Prior to playing for Stade Français Paris, he was with US Colomiers. He has also represented France at under-21 level.
Arias was on the cover of the 2007 Dieux Du Stade calendar and posed nude in other pictures starting in 2005.
Lawrence Bruno Nero Dallaglio, OBE (born 10 August 1972 in London) is a retired English rugby union player and former captain of the English national team. He played as a flanker or number eight for London Wasps and never played for another club, having arrived at Sudbury as a teenager. He was capped in all three positions in the back row, and captained England until a newspaper scandal forced his resignation from that role.
Lawrence Dallaglio was a key member of the England team that won the 2003 Rugby World Cup and was re-appointed as captain after Martin Johnson retired. In August 2004, Dallaglio announced his retirement from the national team due to the brutal demands of international rugby but after being selected for the 2005 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand he changed his mind and made himself available for international selection again. He was a member of England's squad for the 2007 Rugby World Cup and made a late appearance as a substitute in the final, winning his 85th cap. On 3 January 2008, Dallaglio announced that he was retiring from international rugby with immediate effect and from domestic rugby at the end of the current season; he also stated that he
Marcus Horan (born 7 September 1977, Clonlara, County Clare, Ireland) is an Irish rugby union player who plays loose-head-prop for Munster and Ireland.
Horan was educated at St. Munchin's College and Limerick Institute of Technology. He sprang to notice when he replaced Peter Clohessy in the Munster team back in 1999.
Horan made his international debut against the United States during the 1999/2000 season, but did not win another cap until the 2002/2003 season, which came against Fiji. He lost his place to Reggie Corrigan during the 2003 World Cup and the 2004 and 2005 Six Nations, but consistently good performances for Munster saw him regain his place in the team. He held down his place for the 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Six Nations, starting every match of Ireland's victorious Grand Slam campaign. He was also an integral part of Eddie O'Sullivan's 2007 World Cup squad. He missed the 2009 November Tests after having heart surgery, and lost his place to Cian Healy, who held on to the loosehead-prop position during the 2010 Six Nations. Horan played against the Barbarians and New Zealand Maori during Ireland's 2010 Summer Tests, but was ruled out of the 2010 November Tests with a
Philip John Vickery MBE (born 14 March 1976) is a former English rugby union tighthead prop and member of the England squad. He was a member of England's World Cup winning squad in 2003, playing in all seven matches in the tournament, and is a former England captain. Vickery ended his club rugby career at Wasps, joining the London side in 2006 after eleven years with Gloucester. Given the nickname "Raging Bull", he played in three Rugby World Cups, including as England captain in the 2007 tournament, and toured Australia and South Africa with the British and Irish Lions.
The son of a dairy farmer, Vickery was born to Cornish parents in Barnstaple, Devon, England and says he is proud to be a Cornishman and an Englishman. Educated at Budehaven School, his interest in sport developed as a youngster, and by age 12 he started playing rugby. By the age of 16 he gained his first National Representative honour, being picked for the England Schools U16s group.
Vickery left school age 16 and worked as a herdsman on his parents' farm. He remains a qualified cattle inseminator.
Vickery has an Oriental tattoo on his left shoulder which roughly translates to "I'll fight you to the death", and a
Ronan John Ross O'Gara (born 7 March 1977 in San Diego, California) is an Irish rugby union player, playing at fly-half for both Munster and Ireland. He is the all time highest points scorer for both Munster and Ireland. In addition to his prolific point-scoring, he has captained Munster, Ireland and the British and Irish Lions. He is Ireland's most-capped player, and the third most-capped player in rugby union history. He has started at fly-half in victorious European championship campaigns at both provincial and international level.
O'Gara was born in San Diego where his father, Fergal, was working as a professor of microbiology and who was also a wing for the UCG club in Connacht. Ronan was educated at Presentation Brothers College, Cork and won a Junior Cup medal in 1992 and a Senior Cup medal in 1995. He attended UCC and won an All-Ireland Under-20 medal in 1996. He graduated with a B.A. and Masters Degree in Business Economics in 1999.
O'Gara made his Munster debut against Connacht in August 1997, scoring 19 points. Current Munster and Ireland teammate David Wallace also made his debut in this game. His European debut came against Harlequins in September 1997 in the 1997-98
This entry is for Steve Meyer the rugby player. For the philosopher of science see Stephen C. Meyer.
Steve Meyer (born March 21, 1984) is a South African professional rugby union player who plays in the position of flyhalf.
Meyer attended high school at Kearsney College, a well-known South African sports boarding school in KwaZulu-Natal, from 1998 to 2002. In his Matric year(2002), Meyer was the head boy of Kearsney College. He excelled at soccer, cricket and rugby, and played both hockey and rugby at high school before committing to rugby in his later school years. Meyer was also a very strong academic, ranking in the top 20 in his graduating class. He considered studying to become an actuary, one of the most challenging degree options in South Africa.
He attended the University of Cape Town briefly at the start of 2003, before moving back to Durban to begin his professional career. He began playing for the Natal Wildebeest side in 2003. After several successful seasons with them, he moved to the Super Rugby league team Natal Sharks. When his contract with the Sharks was not renewed in 2006 he moved to USA Perpignan in France, where he has played since October 2006.
In April 2007
Barry John (born 6 January 1945) is a former Welsh rugby union fly-half who played, during the amateur era of the sport, in the 1960s and early 1970s. John began his rugby career as a schoolboy playing for his local team Cefneithin RFC before switching to first-class west Wales team Llanelli RFC in 1964. It was while at Llanelli that John was first selected for the Wales national team, a shock selection as a replacement for David Watkins to face a touring Australian team.
In 1967 John left Llanelli RFC for Cardiff RFC and here he formed a partnership with Gareth Edwards that became one of the most famous half-back pairings in world rugby. From 1967, John and Edwards made an inseparable partnership with rugby selectors, being chosen to play together at all levels of the sport, for Cardiff, Wales, the Barbarians and in 1968 for the British Lions tour of South Africa. The 1968 British Lions tour ended prematurely for John when he suffered a broken collarbone in the first Test match against the South African national team.
In 1971 the Wales national team entered what is considered their second 'Golden Age', with a team rich in experience and talent. John was part of the team that won
Graham Christopher Rowntree (born 18 April 1971) is a former English rugby union player. He played loosehead prop for Leicester Tigers and England. He was capped 54 times for England, despite having to compete for his position with the world's second most capped player, Jason Leonard.
Rowntree was born in Stockton-on-Tees. He was educated at John Cleveland College, Hinckley, Leicestershire, which has also produced other rugby union players.
In 1988 he joined Leicester Tigers from Nuneaton and made his first-team debut against Oxford University in 1990. For much of that time he was in harness with the famous ‘ABC club’ alongside Richard Cockerill and Darren Garforth.
In 1993 he made his England A, Barbarians and Midlands debuts, and on 18 March 1995 he gained his first full England cap against Scotland in the Five Nations tournament as a temporary replacement for Jason Leonard. He subsequently played in the 1995 Rugby Union World Cup. He also made the 1997 Lions tour of South Africa, playing six games and the 99 World Cup.
After the 1999 World Cup Graham was not capped for almost 2 years until a series of fine performances for his club forced him back into international contention.
Vilimoni Waqatabu Delasau (born 12 July 1977 in Sorokaba, Ba Fiji) is a Fijian rugby union footballer. He plays as a wing. His nickname is Delz.
He grew up in the Town of Ba and he played for Lautoka in the National Provincial Rugby Tournament in Fiji. He was picked to represent Fiji in the Rugby Sevens. He scored 85 tries for the Fiji sevens. In 1999 Delasau was named Player of the Year at the Fiji Rugby Awards after scoring 82 tries in the season. He earned his first Test cap against the US Eagles in June 2000 after impressing in the sevens form of the game the previous year. He also holds the record for scoring the most tries in a sevens game with 6 tries and also the record of most tries in a tournament with 16 tries, followed closely by fellow Fijian winger, Rupeni Caucau on 14 tries.
He then went to Japan and played there for two years before going to France and playing for the Mont-de-Marsan rugby club where he played 5 games for them scoring 3 tries. After that he returned to Fiji and was chosen to represent the Canterbury in the NPC. He later represented the Crusaders in the Super 12 competition and in late 2005, he represented the Highlanders in the Super 14 competition.
Josevata Taliga "Joe" Rokocoko (pronounced [rokoˈðoko], born 6 June 1983 in Nadi, Fiji) is a professional New Zealand rugby union player. Rokocoko is known for his speed and strength which has accounted for his prolific try strike rate. He is a specialist left-winger but has occasionally played on the right wing for the All Blacks.
Rokocoko migrated to New Zealand with his family at the age of 5, settling in South Auckland and he attended James Cook High School. He later won a scholarship to Saint Kentigern College, where he was a member of the 2001 National Secondary Schools team. After an outstanding career with New Zealand international sides at the under-16, under-19, and under-21 level, he started playing Super 12 rugby.
Rokocoko played for the Blues in the 2003 Super 12 season. He made his first appearance for the All Blacks on 14 June 2003 against England. He had a high strike rate for the All Blacks, scoring 25 tries in his first 20 tests, and breaking the All Blacks single-season record for test tries previously shared by Jonah Lomu and Christian Cullen—his 17 test tries scored in 2003 equals the world record held by Daisuke Ohata of Japan. The International Rugby Players'
Thomas Michael Dunstan Voyce (born 5 January 1981 in Truro, Cornwall) is an English rugby union footballer who recently played at wing or fullback for Gloucester and England.
Voyce’s great uncle, Thomas Anthony Voyce, won 27 caps for England, while playing for Gloucester Rugby, during the 1920s and was a member of the first double Grand Slam winning team. He went on to become President of the RFU in 1960–61.
Voyce was educated at Penair School, Truro and then studied at King’s College, Taunton.
Outside the rugby field, Voyce is an Ambassador of the Wooden Spoon Society.
He first showed promise playing mini rugby at Penryn RFC in his native Cornwall, before going on to play for Truro RFC U15s and U16s.
Having left Cornwall at 16, he eventually joined Bath where he worked his way through the club’s lower sides and into the Zurich Premiership line up. At the same time he established himself in the England Under 21 side. He was selected for England's 2001 tour to North America, where he won his first cap against the USA.
In 2003 he moved to London, to join Wasps for the 2003–04 season and quickly established himself as a first team regular. He played in 34 of his club’s 35 matches that
Chev Walker (born 10 October 1982) is an English professional rugby league footballer for the Bradford Bulls of Super League. He has played both rugby league and rugby union professionally. Since 2007 he has played rugby league for Hull KR. Until 2010 when he signed a 1 year contract with the Bradford Bulls. Usually a Centre, Walker can also play Wing and in the Second-row. He is of Jamaican heritage and expressed a desire to represent the West Indies. On 18 September 2009 Chev suffered a horrific compound leg fracture in the Super League title playoff against Champions Leeds.
He played the position of Centre for Leeds Rhinos and made his debut against Halifax on 13 August 1999 aged 16.
Just after his 18th birthday Walker played for England in the 2000 Rugby League World Cup and made his Great Britain debut in 2004, coming off the bench against Australia in the opening game of that year's Tri Nations competition. In total Walker has six caps for Great Britain and six for England. He also has representative league honours with England A, England Under-21s and Yorkshire.
He featured in the Rugby League Challenge Cup finals in 2003 and 2005 as well as helping Leeds to 2004's Super
Digby Ioane (born 14 July 1985) is an Australian professional rugby union footballer playing for the Queensland Reds in the Super Rugby competition. He previously played for the Western Force, and has also been capped for the Wallabies.
Ioane was born in in Wellington, New Zealand, but moved to Melbourne with his family when he was 5 years old. His family are of Samoan heritage. He was introduced to rugby at an early age and represented Victoria in both junior rugby union and junior rugby league before moving to Brisbane in 2002.
Ioane attended St. Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace, playing for the Gregory Terrace first XV for 2 years. He played for the Australian Schoolboys in 2002 and 2003.
In 2004, Ioane joined the Queensland Reds academy. He was selected for both the Australian U19 and Australian U21 teams in 2004, and he made the Australian U21 team again in 2005.
Despite not having played Super Rugby, Ioane was selected for the Wallabies squad to tour France and the United Kingdom under coach Eddie Jones at the end of 2005. He played for Australia 'A' in their win against the French Barbarians in Bordeaux on that tour.
In 2006, Ioane signed with the new Western Force
John Peter Rhys Williams MBE FRCS (born 2 March 1949) is a former rugby union footballer who represented Wales in international rugby during their Golden Era in the 1970s. An orthopaedic surgeon by profession, Williams has continued to be involved in rugby since retirement, currently serving as President of the Bridgend Ravens. He was known universally as J.P.R. Williams (or sometimes just as JPR, to distinguish him from teammate J. J. Williams, also John). Playing in the position of fullback, he was noted for his aggressive attacking style. With his long sideburns and socks around his ankles, "JPR" was an iconic figure on the legendary 1970s Wales team.
Williams was born just outside Bridgend, Wales, and was educated at Bridgend Boys Grammar School (now Brynteg Comprehensive School) and then Millfield School in Somerset, as was his Wales team mate Gareth Edwards. As well as being a rugby player, Williams was in his youth a talented tennis player; there is a popular urban myth that he won Junior Wimbledon in 1966 (in fact it was won by a Soviet, Vladimir Korotkov). However, he did win a British Junior competition that was held that same year at the Wimbledon venue, the All England
Pierre Johan Spies (born 8 June 1985 in Pretoria, South Africa) is a South African rugby union player. His usual position is number 8 (but can also cover flank), where he plays for the Vodacom Bulls in the international Super Rugby competition. He has represented the Springboks since 2006.
He made his debut for the Blue Bulls in 2005 in a match against the Griquas. Spies made his Super 12 debut against the Brumbies, becoming the youngest player ever to represent the Bulls. After being injured in his first ever Super 12 match, he made his comeback through the national under-21 league, where he scored nine tries in just six games.
Although he plays as a loose forward, he has considerable pace, having been timed at 10.7 seconds over 100m. This is especially impressive considering his size (194 cm tall and 111 kg); he has played wing for the Bulls and Springboks when they experienced an injury crisis. Spies is known as one of the best ball carriers in the game – he can step, run around or over a defender.
After starring for the U21 Springbok side that played in the U21 Rugby World Cup France last year, Spies made his debut in the Springbok's 49 – 0 drubbing at the hands of Australia in
Ryan Kankowski (born 14 October 1985) is a South African rugby union player, who plays for the Natal Sharks provincially and The Sharks in Super Rugby and has been capped by the Springboks at international level.
Kankowski is a tall, strong, yet pacey and skilled Number eight. He is also capable of playing as an Openside Flanker. He has a natural flair on attack, breaking the line with powerful runs from the back of the scrum, whilst he is unrelenting on defense. He is also an incredibly dangerous runner in open play. His game is reminiscent of that of Zinzan Brooke and, with maturity and leadership qualities that belie his age.
Kankowski was first selected to represent South Africa during the Springboks 2007 end of year tour to Wales & England. He made a try-scoring test debut on the tour as a substitute during South Africa's resounding 34–12 victory over Wales at the Millennium Stadium on 24 November 2007, crossing the line for his team's 5th try as the Springboks got their reign as World Champions of to a winning start. Although possessing the undoubted skills and talent to be a regular international, he has faced stiff opposition from Pierre Spies and the controversial Luke
Stephen Larkham (born 29 May 1974 in Canberra) is a retired Australian rugby union footballer currently in the role of attack coach for the Brumbies. He is best known for his career with the Brumbies in Super Rugby, for whom he played from the inception of the professional Super 12 in 1996 through 2007, and his long tenure with the Wallabies at international level, for whom he played 102 times. After initial selection at fullback from 1996–97, Larkham was the first-choice Australian fly-half from 1997 to 2007, playing in the 1999, 2003 and 2007 Rugby World Cups. He is married to Jacqueline and has two children, Jaimee and Tiahna.
Having started his career as a fullback, Larkham developed into one of the greatest flyhalves in the history of Australian rugby, being named in 2005 at the position in Australia's team of the decade (the "decade" being the first 10 years of professional rugby union). At his peak, Larkham was one of the best flyhalves in world rugby with reputation as an elusive runner and the lynchpin of a potent backline.
He first gained notice in 1995 when he was plucked from reserve grade club rugby to represent ACT in the Super 12 as a utility back in the Brumbies
Sylvain Marconnet (born 8 April 1976 in Givors, Rhône) is a French rugby union footballer, currently playing for Biarritz Olympique having signed from Stade Français in the Top 14 club competition in France. His usual position is prop. Marconnet has played for France, including representing them at the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia.
He made his debut for Stade Français during the 1997-98 season, which was also the year that they were crowned champions of France. Marconnet made his international debut for France on 15 November 1998, in a match against Argentina in Nantes. The match was won by France, 34 points to 14. He played one other test that year, the following week, against the Wallabies at the Stade de France, which was won by Australia.
Marconnet played in all of France's 1999 Five Nations Championship. He played in two June tests that year, in games against Tonga and Romania. Stade Français did make it to the final of the domestic championship, which they won, defeating US Colomiers. He did play in three tests in November 2000 though, in a match against Australia, and two against the All Blacks. In 2001 Stade Français were finalists at the 2000-01 Heineken Cup which was
Tasesa James Lavea (born 10 January 1980 in Taihape, New Zealand) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer of Samoan descent and heritage, who currently plays for English club Sale Sharks.
He played first five-eighths (fly-half) for the Blues in Super Rugby from 2004 to 2006, and played both first five-eighths and second five-eighths (inside centre) for the Chiefs in the 2007 and 2008 seasons. In 2009 he rejoined the Blues
At provincial level, Lavea has played fly-half for Auckland in the Air New Zealand Cup (known pre-2006 as the NPC) since 2003, and will join Counties Manukau from 2008. His current contract with the NZRU runs through to 2009.
He played for French Top 14 team ASM Clermont Auvergne from 2009–2010 on for two seasons.
Lavea grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, and attended Papatoetoe High School, then St Kentigern College where he played for three seasons in the First XV. He was an age-group representative between the ages of 14 and 16, and played for both the Auckland and New Zealand Secondary Schools teams in 1998. He also excelled in cricket.
Following secondary school, Lavea played for the Junior All Blacks (New Zealand A) and was then scouted by Melbourne Storm
Thomas John "Tommy" Bowe (Irish: Tomás Ó Buaigh, born 22 February 1984) is an Irish rugby union footballer from County Monaghan, Ireland. He plays on the wing for the Ulster, Ireland and the British and Irish Lions. In March 2012 after four years with Ospreys, Bowe confirmed that he would be returning to his native province, Ulster, for the 2012/13 season.
Tommy is an extremely proud Monaghan man and a former pupil of The Royal School, Armagh, Northern Ireland, he was a schoolboy provincial full-back, only converting to wing whilst playing for Ireland U-21s. Bowe played Gaelic football from U10 level with Emyvale, his local GAA club and he also ran for the Glaslough Harriers and represented his local parish Donagh in the All-Ireland community games. He represented Monaghan at U16 and Minor level. As well as playing Gaelic football, he also played rugby with Monagahan RFC at underage levels as well as representing his primary school team. He attended the University of Ulster, Jordanstown and played for the Queens University Belfast rugby team, earning a selection to the Ireland U20 Team before transferring to Belfast Harlequins. He subsequently was capped at U21 level and was named
Will Joseph (May 10, 1877–1959) was a Welsh international rugby union player. He was a member of the winning Welsh team who beat the 1905 touring All Blacks. He played club rugby for Swansea and county rugby for Glamorgan.
Joseph was seen as the outstanding forward of the early 20th century Swansea team, during an excellent period in the 'All Whites' history. He was recognised as a strong player in tight scrums and due to his height, excellent in line outs.
Joseph made his debut for Wales against England at Blackheath in 1902 at the age of 23. Joseph played in three Triple Crown winning campaigns, but his greatest moment on the field was when he played against the touring 1905 All Blacks. Joseph's international career fell apart in 1906 after a match against the touring Springboks. Although having played with great merit in an earlier match against South Africa with county side Glamorgan; in which he scored a try, Joseph was dropped after the international game. The Welsh pack in that game was dreadful and the selection committee decided to change the entire Welsh pack, regardless of individual play. Joseph's Wales career ended after 16 caps at the age of 28.
Gordon William D'Arcy (born 10 February 1980, Ferns, County Wexford) is an Irish rugby player, more specifically an inside centre. He is registered to Lansdowne RFC and plays for provincial and RaboDirect Pro12 side Leinster.
D'Arcy was a promising fullback for schools side Clongowes Wood in the late 1990s, and on the eve of his Leaving Cert was called into the Irish squad for the tour of South Africa by coach Warren Gatland. However, because of his studies he declined the opportunity. On leaving school he joined the Lansdowne Rugby Club and made his Ireland debut on 15 October 1999 as a substitute against Romania during the World Cup.
Following a falling out with his provincial coaches regarding his attitude – which almost drove him to retire from the game – D'Arcy was left out of the international setup for three years. His second game for his country came on 17 November 2002 as a late substitute in Ireland's 64–17 win over Fiji. He made a further three appearances as a substitute during 2003. He was not selected for the Irish squad for the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia, but was picked for the Leinster team during the absence of its World Cup players. It was then that he came
Christian Labit (born 11 February 1971) is a French rugby player. He played for both RC Narbonne and Stade Toulousain and then moved to English club Northampton Saints. He was a member of France's 2003 Rugby World Cup squad.
Christoffel Johannes "C.J." van der Linde (born 27 August 1980, Welkom, South Africa) is a South African rugby union footballer. His usual position is prop. He played for Leinster Rugby in the international Magners League from 2008–10, and currently plays for the Stormers.
He made his debut for the Springboks as a 22 year-old on 16 November 2002 in match against Scotland at Murrayfield, which South Africa lost 21 to six. He earned another cap for South Africa that year, playing England at Twickenham. He next played for the Springboks in 2004, against Ireland in a two test series in South Africa. He would play against the Pacific Islands team in Gosford. He was subsequently named in the Springboks' 2004 Tri Nations Series squad, and played in three matches during the series. He earned another five caps for South Africa during the end-of-year Northern Hemisphere tests.
He played 11 times for the Springboks in 2005 including mid-year matches against France and in the 2005 Tri Nations Series. After playing for the Springboks in the 2006 mid-year rugby tests he was named in the 2006 Tri Nations Series squad. On 26 November 2006, he scored his first try in international play against
George "Twyber" Travers (9 June 1877-26 December 1945) was a Welsh international hooker who played club rugby for Pill Harriers and Newport Rugby Football Club. He won 25 caps for Wales between 1903 and 1911.
Travers is seen as on of the rugby union's first specialist hookers. Specialism in a forward position was unusual during the early history of rugby mainly due to the scrummmaging rule, but Travers ability shone through and as part of a seven man pack was important in the Welsh wins against England in 1903 and against the All Blacks in 1905. Travers originally played club rughby for the Newport Docks based side Pill Harriers, though he would later spend two seasons with Newport in 1901/02 and 1910/11.
Travers was first capped, at centre, making his debut against England in January, 1903 while playing for Pill Harriers. Although it was unusual at the time for unfashionable "second-class" clubs to supply international players, it was not unprecedented, with valley teams such as Treorchy and Treherbert supplying several forwards. He would play for Wales a further 24 times including games against the original New Zealand team, South Africa and Australia. In 1908 Travers was awarded
James Peter Richard "Jamie" Heaslip (born 15 December 1983) is a Leinster & Irish rugby union player.
Heaslip was born in Tiberias, Israel, while his father, retired Brigadier General Richard Heaslip, was there on duty with UNIFIL.The youngest of four children, he has two brothers and a sister. He attended Newbridge College before starring at the 2004 U-21 World Cup in Scotland, where Ireland finished as runners-up to New Zealand. Following his performance, Heaslip was nominated for the IRB Under-21 World Player of the Year award..
Heaslip made his Leinster senior debut in the Celtic League in March 2005 where he has since gained 70 official senior games, scoring over 90 points, including 2 tries in the Heineken Cup. He was Ireland’s best player at the Churchill Cup in the summer of 2006. The first Irish cap he received was in an autumn series test of 2006 against the Pacific Islands. He had the honour of being the 1000th player to wear the green of Ireland. He was a member of the victorious Ireland team that won the 2009 Six Nations Championship and Grand Slam Heaslip was a member of the British and Irish Lions squad for the 2009 tour to South Africa. He Started all three tests
Jason Thorpe Robinson OBE (born 30 July 1974 in Leeds, West Yorkshire) is an English former dual-code international rugby union and rugby league player of the 1990s and 2000s. Playing at wing or fullback, he won fifty-one rugby union international test caps in total for England, and in rugby league he won twelve caps for Great Britain and seven for England. Throughout his career Robinson was noted for his acceleration.
On 25 February 2009 it was announced that Robinson had agreed a contract to return to Sale Sharks as Head Coach from the end of the 2008-09 season replacing Kingsley Jones who moves upstairs to fill the vacancy left by the departing Frenchman Philippe Saint-André.
On the 26 July 2010, Robinson came out of retirement after a 3 year absence to play for League Two side Fylde. On 7 July 2011, Robinson announced his retirement from the game of rugby after one season with National League One club Fylde.
Robinson began playing rugby as a child at the Hunslet Boys Club and then Hunslet Parkside before starting his rugby league career in 1991 at semi-professional side Hunslet Hawks. Despite being offered a contract by Leeds, he stuck by his side, as it would have meant
John Hayes (born 2 November 1973 in Dromsally, Cappamore, Co. Limerick, Ireland) is a retired Irish rugby union player, who played in the RaboDirect Pro12 and Heineken Cup for Munster. Having spent his underage career playing with the local Cappamore GAA club, he was 18 when he started playing rugby. It was his size (6'4", 19st) which enabled him to overcome his late start to the sport. He continues to "follow GAA in Limerick very much and especially hurling".
He first played rugby as a wing forward in a Munster Junior League match for Bruff R.F.C. against Newcastle West R.F.C. He is also known for being one of the most honest and professional players in rugby union which is one of the reasons he has had such a long and successful career.
He was introduced to the game of rugby union by friends when he joined the local Rugby Club, Bruff R.F.C. based in County Limerick, he then moved up a grade when he joined Shannon R.F.C. before traveling to Invercargill, New Zealand. During his stay in Invercargill, he changed position from Second Row to Prop Forward. On his return, he rejoined Shannon R.F.C. and gained his place on the Munster squad. He later rejoined his original club, Bruff RFC
Owen Joshua Lewsey MBE (born 30 November 1976) is a former English rugby union footballer who played fullback, wing or centre for Wasps.
Lewsey was born in Bromley in London and grew up in Watford in Hertfordshire, where he attended Sarratt Church of England School and later Watford Grammar School for Boys. He played for the Amersham and Chiltern Rugby Football Club. He joined Wasps at eighteen and played for their Colts side and was under-21 captain.
Despite the fact that he was born in England and has always lived in England, he could have qualified for Wales as his mother is Welsh and his father is half-Welsh and half-English. He played for Bristol whilst attending Bristol University and rejoined Wasps at the age of twenty-one after completing his studies. He won his first England cap on the 'Tour of Hell' to Australia in 1998, and also appeared in all three tests in the 2001 North American tour. He graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2001 and served for two years as an officer in the British Army with the Royal Artillery, before opting to play professional rugby union thereafter.
He made his England home-début in the Six Nations Championship in 2003 after an
Martin Edward Corry MBE (born 12 October 1973) is a retired English rugby union footballer who played at number eight, blindside flanker or lock for Bristol Rugby and Leicester Tigers and represented England and the British and Irish Lions.
Born in Birmingham, Corry was educated at Tunbridge Wells Grammar School and the University of Northumbria, and first played rugby union for Tunbridge Wells minis and the first team before joining Newcastle Gosforth and later Bristol. He broke his contract at Bristol to move to Leicester Tigers in 1997.
Corry has been one of Leicester’s core forwards for several seasons and an integral part of Leicester Tigers' success over this period, and was the club's captain during his tenure there.
During his career he has worked his way up the full representative ladder, representing England at Schools, Students, U21 and A level. He made his England debut against Argentina on the 1997 tour there with the main players playing on the 1997 British Lions tour.
Because of his ability to play either at lock, blindside or number 8, he was often selected as a replacement and used as an impact substitute.
In 2001 he was called up to the British and Irish Lions
Pat McCabe (born 21 March 1988) is a professional Australian rugby union player. He plays with the ACT Brumbies in the Super 15, and Warringah in Sydney and has represented Australia. He is a utility player, able to cover inside centre, outside centre, winger or fullback.
McCabe joined the Brumbies training squad in 2009 and the full-time squad for 2010 on a 2 year contract. He was the Brumbies 'Player of the Tour' in their four-match French tour in July/August 2009. He had a knee injury in 2008 which prevented him from playing Super 14 but recovered to play on the end of season tour.
He established a starting position at the Brumbies on the right wing (#14) in the 2010 Super 14. After just 4 rounds he got a talk up from his coach Andy Friend basically just saying that he was carving it and had the ability to play for the Wallabies. He was the only Brumbies player to play every minute of the 2010 Super 14 regular season. He was later named the 2010 Australian Super 14 rookie of the year, capping off a successful debut season.
After initially being selected in the Australian sevens team for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, but having to withdraw due to injury,
McCabe has won the ARC
Benn Robinson (born 19 July 1984 in Sydney) is an Australian rugby union footballer. He currently plays for the New South Wales Waratahs in the international Super Rugby competition.
Robinson was educated at the King's School where he played for their First XV, and went onto play for the Australian Schoolboys. He was included in the Wallabies' squad in 2006 where he made his debut against South Africa in Johannesburg. Robinson made his provincial debut for the New South Wales Waratahs during 2005, as well as that year, playing for Australia at the IRB under-21 World Championships in Argentina, in which he played in every match. After strong performances for the Waratahs during the off season, he made his Super rugby debut against the Queensland Reds.
2006 became a ground breaking year for Robinson. He played in all 14 games for Waratahs as well as making a debut for the Wallabies against South Africa in the TriNations.
Now Australia’s fifth most capped Test prop, Robinson is a true technician at the scrum, Robinson also has fantastic ball skills and he continues to add to his attacking game.
In 2011 Robinson's Rugby World Cup aspirations were dealt a cruel blow when he was ruled of
Bruce Trevor Reihana (born 6 April 1976 in Thames, New Zealand) is a rugby union footballer. He is an utility back and currently plays professional rugby for Hawkes Bay Rugby Union in the ITM Cup.
Reihana started playing in the National Provincial Championship level with Waikato in 1996 and led them to two Ranfurly Shield victories out of three. He played for the Chiefs in the former Super 12 from 1997 to 2002 with 58 games and 123 points to his name.
Internationally, Reihana represented the New Zealand Sevens in the rugby sevens. He played in the 1998 Commonwealth Games and the 2002 Commonwealth Games, winning gold medals on each occasion. He made 11 appearances for New Zealand Māori. He made his debut for New Zealand against France on 18 November 2000.
After not renewing his contract with the New Zealand Rugby Union in 2002, Reihana managed to get an overseas contact with Premiership side the Northampton Saints. He was used at fullback and became an influential figure for the Saints and even won the 2003–2004 PRA Players' Player of the Year Award.
Reihana was scheduled to return to New Zealand rugby after his stint in Europe, but it did not materialise as he decided to stay in
Daniel William "Dan" Carter (born (1982-03-05)5 March 1982) is a New Zealand rugby union player.
He is currently the highest points scorer in test match rugby and is regarded as one of rugby's greatest ever fly-halves.
Carter was born on 5 March 1982 in Southbridge, a small town in the South Island of New Zealand, to Neville and Bev Carter, and has one older sister, Sarah. From the age of 5, he played with Southbridge Rugby Club as a scrum half. He attended Ellesmere College and Christchurch Boys High School, and has said he was a shy and quiet young man who kept grand aspirations to himself. His great uncle was Canterbury and New Zealand half back Bill Dalley, a member of the 1924–25 Invincibles and later a Canterbury rugby administrator.
Carter made his provincial debut for Canterbury in 2002, and in 2003 was signed by the Crusaders. Initially playing mainly at second five-eighth Carter reached the final of the Super 12 competition with the Crusaders in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. Although they lost the 2003 and 2004 finals, in 2005 Carter had moved to first five-eighth. He regularly played with Andrew Mehrtens before Mehrtens left the team following their 2004 season. In 2005 and
Gavin Lloyd Henson (born 1 February 1982) is a Welsh rugby union player, born in Pencoed, South Wales, who currently plays for London Welsh.
He attracted much media attention as part of a Wales national team which achieved Grand Slams in the Six Nations Championship in 2005 and 2008. He has also played for the British and Irish Lions, touring in 2005 to New Zealand but has never appeared at a World Cup.
Henson has played in a variety of positions including fly-half, fullback and inside centre. After an extended spell out of the national side, including missing the 2007 Rugby World Cup, he was recalled by caretaker coach Nigel Davies, being included in the squad to play against South Africa.
Since September 2010, Henson has participated in three reality television series, 71 Degrees North, Strictly Come Dancing and The Bachelor.
Henson has two children from his relationship with his former partner, singer Charlotte Church.
Henson's one and only appearance for Llanelli RFC was against the then Edinburgh Reivers at Greenyards in May 2000. Edinburgh won the match 51-23. Henson played 10 and scored 5 points (1 conversion & 1 penalty).
Born in Pencoed, Henson played rugby for his school,
John Frederick 'Jack' Williams (18 November 1882 – 28 August 1911) was a Welsh international rugby union lock who played club rugby for London Welsh. He won four caps for Wales between 1905 and 1906 and most notably was a member of the winning Welsh team against the original All Blacks.
Of all the Welsh players who made up the 1905 "Champions of the World" team, Williams is the most enigmatic. Over his career he achieved by far the lowest number of international caps out of the 1905 team and played the majority of his career outside Wales. It was said that Williams was a good kicker of the ball and "could pick up like a half, pass like a centre and run like a wing". During his club career with London Welsh he captained the club during the 1907/08 season.
Williams began playing rugby while in school at Christ College, Brecon. After moving to London, he joined Welsh exile club London Welsh, also turning out for English side Richmond. Williams made his international debut against Ireland on March 11, 1905 while playing for London Welsh. He was chosen for the 1905 All Blacks game and he proved an excellent choice working well with Harding and Hodges to back up Dai Jones in the pack and
Andrew Sheridan (born on 1 November 1979 in Petts Wood, Bromley, England) is an English rugby union player and musician, who plays loosehead prop for Sale Sharks.
Sheridan is 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) tall, which is unusually tall for a prop, and weighs 121 kg (19 st 1 lb). He is known for his great physical strength – he is a near-elite class powerlifter and able to bench press 225 kilograms (35 st −440.4 lb) and squat 275 kilograms (43 st −541.4 lb).
Sheridan started playing rugby union at the age of nine with Old Elthamians, where he played for five years, until he went to Dulwich College. There he worked his way through the Surrey age group teams and was capped by both the England U16 and U18 Group Schools teams as a lock.
He joined Richmond in the 1998–99 season and as they folded he won a place in the England U21 squad that played in the 1999 SANZAR tournament in Argentina.
On his return from the SANZAR tournament he joined Bristol, where he made around 80 appearances. His physique also caused problems; slightly short for a lock, he was also too heavy to be lifted in the line-out (a key area of second row play), meaning that if he played there, a tall back row forward (such as Dean
Iestyn Thomas (born 15 December 1976 in Pontypool, Wales) is a former Wales international rugby union player. In April 2012 he retired from rugby due to injury.
A prop forward, Thomas started his rugby career with hometown club Pontypool RFC, but later moved to the top division with Ebbw Vale RFC. He was Mike Ruddock's choice as captain as he successfully kept Ebbw Vale in the league and had an impressive campaigns in the Parker Pen Cup. In 2002, Thomas join Llanelli RFC with 11 Welsh caps to his name. He progressed to the Scarlets regional team attaining 33 Wales caps in total.
Thomas made his international debut for Wales on 11 November 2000 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff against Samoa; Wales won the match 50–6. He then came off the bench in matches against the USA and South Africa.
Thomas played in three matches in the 2002 Six Nations, as well as playing two Tests against the Springboks in South Africa, and against the All Blacks at the end of the year.
After playing in the 2003 Six Nations Championship, and playing in two Tests for Wales in June, Thomas was included in Wales' 2003 Rugby World Cup squad, where he played in three matches.
In May 2012 Thomas was rumoured to
Mark Chisholm (born 18 September 1981) is an Australian rugby union footballer. He currently plays for Aviron Bayonnais in the Top 14 after signing from the Brumbies in the international Super Rugby competition in 2011. He usually plays as a Second-Row but can also cover Blindside Flanker.
Chisholm represented Australia's under-19 side in 2000 as well as being named QRU Colt of the season. He also played for the under-21 side in 2001 and 2002. He spent the 2002 Super 12 season with the Queensland Reds as a product of the Energex Reds College. The following season he moved to the Brumbies and made his Super 12 debut for the side that season in a game against the Cats in Johannesburg as a replacement, he went on to play in six more matches that season.
Chisholm was a pillar of the CA Brumbies’ starting XV, having held down a run-on lock position for six years. The athletic 115-kilo second rower managed just seven matches for the CA Brumbies in the 2009 Super 14 season before a broken wrist, suffered against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein, prematurely ended the veteran lock’s season. While the setback saw him overlooked for the Wallabies domestic Tests, Chisholm returned to the
Scott Fava (born 19 January 1976 in Kiama, Australia) is a retired Australian rugby union footballer.
Scott Fava began his Super Rugby career with the Queensland Reds in 1999, playing for three seasons before moving on to the ACT Brumbies. At the Brumbies, Fava was named Best Forward in 2004.
For the 2006 season, Fava joined the new Western Force side which were part of the expansion of the Super 12 to become the Super 14. During the season, Fava was relegated to the bench after failing a club alcohol breath test. Fava made 87 appearances in Super Rugby.
He later became the first person to play for all super 14 sides when he joined the Waratahs. He later retired due to injury after the 2009 season.
Fava played for Eastwood and became the first person to win the Ken Catchpole Medal three times, voted as the most outstanding player in the Sydney club competition in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
Fava made his test debut for the Wallabies against England in 2005 and was also part of the tour party in France. He scored his first test try in the 2006 Tri Nations-Bledisloe Cup tie against the All Blacks.
Scott Fava was a member of the Australian Rugby 7's side at the 2006 Commonwealth Games that
Andrew David "Butch" James (born 8 January 1979) is a South African rugby union player. He has represented South Africa 40 times and was a member of the team that won the 2007 Rugby World Cup. He also played for Bath Rugby in the Aviva Premiership. James's usual position is fly-half, though he also plays inside centre.
James was born on 8 January 1979 in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa and was schooled at Maritzburg College in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. Although his first name is 'Andrew David', he has been known as 'Butch' since his grandmother gave him the nickname as an infant.
James played for the Natal Sharks in the Currie Cup and for the Sharks in Super Rugby. He has twice played in a Super Rugby final for the Sharks, being on the losing side on both occasions: in the 2001 Super 12 final, the Sharks lost 36–6 to the ACT Brumbies, James missing four penalty attempts in the first half; in 2007 they lost 19–20 to the Bulls.
His career with the Sharks and the Springboks was hampered by injury. In 2002, his appearances were restricted, following knee surgery. In the 2004 Super 12 season, he played in every game for the Sharks and looked certain to be recalled to the
Deacon Tehanakore Manu (born 18 February 1979 in New Plymouth, New Zealand) is a New Zealand-born Fijian rugby union footballer. He plays as a prop for the Scarlets in the Rabo Direct Pro12, having signed from the Chiefs in 2006.
Born in/at New Plymouth, Taranaki, Manu began his rugby career with Waikato, the province immediately to the north of Taranaki. He made his debut for Waikato in 1999, playing against a Japanese XV. He made a further 65 appearances for Waikato during his time there. In 2001, he was selected for the Waikato Chiefs Super 12 squad. He made his debut for the Chiefs in their opening game of the 2001 Super 12 season, a 42–23 loss to the Waratahs. Manu played for the Chiefs for a further five years before being signed by the Llanelli Scarlets in the summer of 2006. He made his competitive debut for the Scarlets on 8 September 2006, coming on as a 29th-minute substitute for John Davies in a 31–17 victory over the Glasgow Warriors.
Manu has international experience playing for the New Zealand Māori, having played against the British and Irish Lions during their tour of New Zealand in 2005. He has also played for the New Zealand Universities and Under-21 sides.
Tony Dale Woodcock (born 27 January 1981 in Helensville, New Zealand) is a New Zealand rugby union player. His position is loosehead prop, and he has played 86 tests for the national team, the All Blacks. He plays for Highlanders in Super Rugby, and also for North Harbour in the ITM Cup (when available). Woodcock has played for the All Blacks since 2002, scoring eight test tries. He has been described by The Dominion Post as "widely regarded as the world's premier loosehead", and by The New Zealand Herald as having the "best range of skills of any prop on the planet". He is now the most capped All Black prop of all time, and is the second most capped player in Blues history, behind Keven Mealamu.
After 113 appearances for the Blues, he joined the Highlanders for the 2013 Super Rugby season.
Woodcock has a reputation for playing as much rugby as possible. In 2005 he played in the first eleven of the twelve All Black test matches that year. From 2001–2004, he played in every match for North Harbour, except for the first two matches of 2004 due to being on All Black duty, and in 2002 and 2003, he played the full eighty minutes of every game for North Harbour. In 2006, he requested and
Uale Mai Vala (born July 20, 1978) is a rugby union player and currently plays for the country's national teams, Manu Samoa and Samoa Sevens. He is a former captain of the Samoa Sevens team which represent Samoa internationally in the IRB Sevens World Series. He is Sevens rugby's most capped player and is considered one of the greats in the international sport. In 2010 he has joined the CR El Salvador.
Mai was the first Samoan to be awarded the IRB International Sevens Player of the Year which he received for the 2005–06 World Sevens Series. The ceremony took place in Glasgow's historic Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Britain on 26 November 2006. He was also awarded Player of the Tournament at the Hong Kong Sevens in 2007.Mikaele Pesamino received the award in 2010.
In 2009, Mai took a short break from the Samoa Sevens team but returned in 2010 under new coach Stephen Betham. The team currently leads the 2009–10 IRB Sevens World Series.
Mai is from Vailoa village in Palauli district on the island of Savai'i.
Mai has been one of the top try and points scorer in the IRB World Sevens Series. He is also an exciting talent who is comfortable at Fly Half and Scrum Half at 15 a side
Norman Armstrong Senibici Ligairi (29 January 1976 in Nadi, Fiji) is a Fijian rugby union player who usually plays as a fullback. He represents Fiji at international level in both the 15-a-side and 7-a-side game. Ligairi is to date the only Fijian to have scored two tries against the All Blacks in a game.
The youngest son of Abundant Life Assemblies of God evangelist the late Rev, Epi Qaidamu Ligairi and grandnephew of coup security chief and former SAS officer Major Ilisoni Ligairi.
He is married to Dr.Lelea Naikatini Ligairi who is an ophthalmologist at the CWM hospital in Suva. They have one child, a baby boy. She was crowned Miss Bula - 2003 (A beauty Queen Contest) in Nadi. She met 'Storming Norman' in 2003 while she was the resident doctor at the Nadi Hospital. Norman was in camp in Nadi preparing for the 2003 Rugby World Cup at that time.
Ligairi made his international debut in May 2000 against Tonga at Nukuʻalofa, and went on to feature in four other internationals that season. In 2001 he was capped five times for Fiji, and following further Tests in June 2002 he toured the northern hemisphere in November and played in matches against Wales, Ireland and Scotland.
Carl Hayman (born 14 November 1979 in Opunake, New Zealand) is an international rugby union footballer who has played at tighthead prop for Otago at provincial level, the Highlanders in the Super 14 and the All Blacks at international level. Hayman currently plays for RC Toulonnais in the Top 14 Rugby Competition.
He became the 1000th All Black when he made his debut against Samoa in 2001. Since then he has established himself as one of the elite props in world rugby. In 2005, Hayman played for the New Zealand Māori, against Fiji in Suva and against the British & Irish Lions at Hamilton. In 2006 he was shortlisted as one of 5 candidates for New Zealand Player of the Year. On 19 April 2007 it was announced that Hayman had signed a 3-year contract with Guinness Premiership side Newcastle Falcons, turning down an offer from league champions Sale Sharks to do so.
A club source said of the signing "every top club in Europe has been chasing him, but he’s chosen to come to Newcastle and we’re delighted he has made that decision". Hayman is regarded as currently the best tighthead prop in world rugby, and is strong enough to box squat 250 kg (550 lb).
Hayman reportedly became the best paid
Gabriël Stephanus "Gaffie" du Toit (born 24 March 1976) is a South African rugby union footballer. His usual position is at fly-half, though he has also played at fullback, for the national team, the Springboks.
Born in Cape Town, du Toit played provincial rugby for the Wildeklawer Griquas before making his debut for the Springboks on 13 June 1998 in the 37–13 win over Ireland at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, as fly-half. He landed three conversions and two penalty goals in the match.
He played another five tests for the Springboks the following season, playing in the two wins over Italy as well as the losses to Wales and the All Blacks.
He next played for the Springboks in the mid-year tests of 2004, where he played at fullback in a tests against Ireland. He earned subsequent caps against Wales and Australia, as well as Scotland as the end of the year. He played in South Africa's 2006 mid-year rugby tests.
He spent three years with French powerhouse Toulouse (2006–2009), before going back to South Africa where he signed a two-year contract with the Currie Cup First Division SWD Eagles. He announced the end of his career in April 2010.
Louis Augustus "Lou" Phillips (24 February 1878 – 14 March 1916) was a Welsh international scrum-half who played club rugby for Newport. He won four caps for Wales and was a talented amateur golf player.
Phillips, a swift and orthodox player, made his Welsh international debut against England as part of Billy Bancroft's Triple Crown winning team in 1900. He played in every single game in the 1900 Home Nations Championship alongside clubmate Llewellyn Lloyd, but the next season played his fourth and final game in a defeat to Scotland. Phillips may have played more matches but for a serious knee injury.
In 1907 and 1912 he was Welsh Amateur Golfing Champion.
During World War I he served as a Sergeant in the Royal Welch Fusiliers having refused a commission. He was killed in action at Cambrai, on 14 March 1916.
Michael Owen (born 7 November 1980 in Pontypridd), was educated at Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive school in Beddau and was a Welsh rugby union player. He played for Saracens at club level and Wales internationally, having previously represented Newport Gwent Dragons in the Magners League. Owen most often played Number 8, but was also versatile enough to play flanker or even lock. His ball handling was arguably his greatest asset.
In July 2010, Owen announced his retirement from the game at 29 due to a persistent knee problem. He is studying business at the University of Hertfordshire, on a two year course.
In March 2010 he began coaching at Hertford RFC, helping them to gain National 2 league status in April 2011.
He was a co-commentator for ITV's coverage of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Owen became the 1,000th player capped by Wales when he made his debut in the first Test against South Africa in June 2002.
He took over from the injured Gareth Thomas as Wales captain during the 2005 Six Nations, and became the 122nd Captain of his country when he led Wales out against Scotland and led Wales to its first Grand Slam in 27 years.
Owen was selected for the British and Irish Lions for their
Oliver John Barkley (born 28 November 1981 in Hammersmith) is an English rugby union player who plays at fly-half or centre for Racing Metro and England. Uniquely, Barkley played for his country before making his full senior club début at Bath.
Barkley was born in London but raised in Wadebridge, Cornwall. He was educated at Wadebridge School, and later at Colston's Collegiate School, Bristol where, under the guidance of Alan Martinovic, he captained the team to a Daily Mail Cup success in 2000.
Barkley was spotted by Andy Robinson and Brian Ashton while playing for Colston's in 1999–2000. He made his Heineken Cup début for Bath on 6 October 2001, coming on as a reserve against Swansea. He scored his first Heineken Cup try in a game against Italian club Gran Rugby, whilst playing at fullback on 11 October 2002 in Parma.
He made his début for England during the summer tour to North America in 2001 in a game against the United States on 16 June in San Francisco, coming on in the second half as a replacement in the 48–19 win. He was 19 years old at the time, and had not yet made a senior appearance for his club.
He returned to the England side as a reserve in the opening game of the
Paul Jeremiah O'Connell (born 20 October 1979 in Limerick) is an Irish rugby union player who plays lock for Munster and Ireland. He also captained the British and Irish Lions on their 2009 tour to South Africa.
O'Connell was a star swimmer when he was younger, starting his training with Seal Swimming club under the watchful guidance of John Dempsey and Jerry Ryan before moving on to the Limerick squad. O'Connell attended the Model School, and Ard Scoil Ris in Limerick and played rugby under Des Harty's tutelage, representing Irish Schools in 1997–98 along with current international teammate Gordon D’Arcy. He also played five consecutive games with the Ireland U21s, with Donncha O’Callaghan as his second row partner. He also represented Young Munster R.F.C. before moving on to represent Munster, Ireland and the Lions. O'Connell has completed 3 out of 4 years of a Computer Engineering degree at the University of Limerick, deferring the remainder of the degree in order to concentrate on rugby.
O'Connell made his debut for Ireland against Wales in the Six Nations 2002, scoring a try. He was a part of Ireland's Rugby World Cup 2003 squad, and, in the first game of the Six Nations 2004,
Simon Hodgkinson (born 15 December 1962) is a former England international rugby union player. He represented England at fullback between 1989 and 1991, gaining 14 Test caps.
Hodgkinson made his debut against Romania in Bucharest in 1989 and was part of the side which completed the Grand Slam at the 1991 Five Nations Championship, kicking 60 points in four matches (a record at the time). He still jointly holds the record for the most penalties converted in a Five Nations/Six Nations match with the seven he successfully converted in the 25-6 victory over Wales in Cardiff. He also played in one match at the 1991 Rugby World Cup held in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and France against the United States. Hodgkinson scored 203 points in his 14 appearances, with a sole try coming against Argentina in Buenos Aires on tour in 1990.
During his club career, he played for Nottingham and Moseley.
Tendai "Beast" Mtawarira (born 1 August 1985 in Harare, Zimbabwe) is a Zimbabwean-born South African rugby union player for the Sharks in the Super Rugby competition. Mtawarira, a prop, is fondly known by friends and fans as "The Beast". Roars of "Beast" are shouted by spectators and fans of the Natal Sharks team whenever Mtawarira attains possession of the ball or makes a big tackle. Mtawarira was selected as part of the South African National Rugby Union team and made his debut playing against Wales in a test match on the 14th of June 2008. The following week, on the 21st of June 2008, Mtawarira scored a try against Italy as well as winning the 'Man of the Match' award.
He attended Peterhouse Group of Boarding Schools in Marondera in Zimbabwe, along with fellow Springbok player Brian Mujati. Notably, despite living in South Africa and representing the country internationally, Mtawarira was a Zimbabwean national until late June 2010; he qualified for South Africa by three years' residency, as allowed under International Rugby Board rules.
Mtawarira attended Churchill Boys High School for 5 years before being given a full scholarship to Peterhouse. At the age of 15, while at
John Philip "Bakkies" Botha, (born 22 September 1979 in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal Province) is a South African rugby union player who plays lock for the Springboks. He was a member of the national team that won the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France in addition to winning two Tri Nations titles in the 2004 Tri Nations Series and the 2009 Tri Nations Series. Botha plays for RC Toulonnais in the Top 14 after signing from Blue Bulls provincial team in the Currie Cup competition and the Bulls Super Rugby team.
Botha played for the under-19 and under-23 Springbok sides before being chosen for the South African "A" team that toured Europe at the end of 2001. The following year he was selected for the Springbok team and made his debut against France in Marseille on 9 September 2002, a game the Springboks went on to lose 30–10.
Through the years Botha and Blue Bulls teammate Victor Matfield formed a formidable partnership at lock for both their province and country. Botha is known as one of the "hardest" locks in world rugby, and is nicknamed "The Enforcer" for his physical play.
His confrontational style has resulted in a number of controversial incidents. He received a yellow card for
Matekitonga Moeakiola (born 16 May 1978) is an American rugby union player. He currently plays for SC Albi, and for the United States national side. Moeakiola made his debut at the 2007 Rugby World Cup, scoring a try after coming on as a substitute in the Eagles' opening match against England. Moeakiola plays as a prop. Mate was first noticed by the National Team while playing rugby at the University of Utah. He has since played for the North America 4 Tournament, the U.S. Team that played Munster in Chicago and the Rugby World Cup squad that played in France. In fact, Mate played in all four matches at the RWC and scored a try against England in the USA’s first match of the tournament.
Matekitonga just finished up his schooling at the University of Utah and following his performance in the Rugby World Cup was scouted by Pukekohe to play in New Zealand. He is now playing with Pearl City, in Iowa.
Matekitonga's father, brother and uncle also played rugby.
Ignacio ("Nani") Corleto (born June 21, 1978 in Buenos Aires) is an Argentine Rugby Union footballer who plays Fullback position. He began his rugby career in the local Club Universitario de Buenos Aires (known as CUBA). After the 1999 Rugby World Cup he migrated into professional rugby and signed with French club Narbonne. He currently plays for Stade Français, one of the top French clubs, where he won back to back championships in 2003 and 2004.
His Puma (national squad) career began in 1998 when he made his debut against Japan, still as a member of the U21 representative team. As a member of the junior representative teams, Corleto participated in a South American Championship with the Pumitas and in two Southern Hemisphere Tournaments with the U21 representative team. Up to now he has played 27 test matches and scored 48 points (9 tries and 1 drop). He played in three world cups in 1999, 2003 and 2007, and also participated in the Rugby World Cup Sevens in 2001 which was played in the city of Mar Del Plata in Argentina.
Kurtley Beale (born 6 January 1989) is an Australian representative rugby union player of Aboriginal descent. His primary position is fullback.
Beale signed with the Waratahs while still only a 16-year-old at St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill. Before leaving school, Beale captained the Australian Schoolboys and regularly attended training sessions with the NSW Waratahs from the age of 15. At 17, he attended his first Wallabies training camp, on the invitation of coach John Connolly.
Western Sydney Rams
Beale initiated the inaugural season of the Australian Rugby Championship by starting five-eighth for the Rams in every game. Beale was one of the season's leading try scorers and try-assists in the competition. The Rams went on to become minor premiers in 2007 thanks to the contribution of Beale and other established rugby talents such as Tatafu Polota-Nau, Chris Siale and rising star Lachlan Turner. Beale was awarded player of the tournament (2007) in the ARC.
New South Wales Waratahs
Beale made his Senior NSW debut against ACT in January 2007 in a trial game in Wollongong. He scored the first of his many memorable tries by chipping around the winger and outpacing the fullback to
Tony "Mushy" Buckley (born 8 October 1980) is an Irish rugby union player from Newmarket, County Cork, who plays tighthead prop for Sale in the Aviva Premiership and for Ireland. He is currently one of the heaviest men playing professional rugby, weighing in at 21 st 5 lbs or 135 kilograms. He wears size 16 boots which must be custom made for him in Germany. He joined Sale Sharks on a 3 year deal from the 2011/12 season.
Buckley has a background in Gaelic games. He first started playing rugby for Kanturk R.F.C in Co Cork. Educated in Newbridge college, Buckley initially played rugby with the school team as a Second Row. He was capped for Leinster Schools before playing for Shannon RFC
Buckley joined Munster from Connacht in 2005 but his first two years were interrupted with injury. Following initial reports, it was thought that he would move to Bath on a one year contract at the end of the 2007 season. However, it was later announced that he would remain at Munster until 2009, after agreeing to a two-year contract extension. The 2007–08 season provided Buckley with increased game time, starting four of the first six matches in the Celtic League, followed by making his Heineken Cup
Bob Gould (1863 - 29 December 1931) was a Welsh international rugby union forward who played club rugby for Newport Rugby Football Club. He won 11 caps for Wales and captained them for one match. Gould is best known within the sport of rugby as the brother of Arthur 'Monkey' Gould, one of the first superstars of Welsh rugby.
Gould played most of his club rugby with Newport, spending 8 seasons with the club between 1879 and 1887. He captained Newport in his final season.
Gould was first capped for Wales against Ireland on 28 January 1882. He would play for Wales a further 10 times, captaining the team against Scotland on February 26, 1887. Gould would play his last five international games with his younger brother Arthur and the Scotland game of 1885 is noted as being the first international rugby game to have brothers on both sides. The Goulds for Wales and George and Richard Maitland for Scotland.
Rhys Thomas "Rusty" Gabe (22 June 1880 - 15 September 1967) born as Rees Thomas Gape, was a Welsh rugby union player who played club rugby for Llanelli, London Welsh and Cardiff and gained 24 caps for Wales, mainly as a centre.
Born in Llangennech, Gabe started his rugby career with Llangennech before making his debut with Llanelli at the age of seventeen. In 1901 he moved to London to study at Borough Road Training College and joined London Welsh, where he was moved to centre. After qualifying as a mathematics teacher, he took a teaching post in Cardiff and joined the Cardiff club, where he formed a devastating centre combination with Gwyn Nicholls for both club and country. He played for Cardiff between 1902–03 and 1909–10, captaining the club in the 1907-08 season. He scored 51 tries for Cardiff in 115 appearances.
Gabe won his first cap for Wales against Ireland in 1901, playing on the left wing. His 24 caps for Wales included the famous 1905 victory against New Zealand, and he captained Wales in the 1907 match against Ireland. He toured Australasia with the British Isles team of 1904. He played in all four test matches, including the three victories over Australia.
Gabe was an
Stuart Barnes (born 22 November 1962 in Grays, Thurrock in the county of Essex) is a former English rugby union footballer, and now rugby commentator for Sky Sports. Barnes played fly-half for Newport RFC, Bristol, Bath; and represented England and the British Lions at international level.
Born in Essex, Barnes was educated at Rougemont and Bassaleg Schools in Newport. A talented sports person, as a football player he was closely followed by a number of professional clubs including Cardiff City. Choosing rugby as his sport, Barnes captained Wales Schools at both Intermediate and Senior age groups, playing alongside Nigel Callard (brother of England international Jon Callard), and Paul Morris.
Barnes studied at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford where he won three rugby Blues. He captained the team, and played against Cambridge University's Rob Andrew in the Varsity match.
While at University, Barnes played club rugby for Newport RFC. He graduated in 1981.
Barnes later played for Bristol Rugby, including in the 1984 RFU final against Bath Rugby. After being on the losing side for Bristol in that final, he was to join Bath.
He arrived at Bath aged 22: "disaffected with England and,
Adam Rhys Jones (born 8 March 1981) is a Welsh international rugby union player, currently playing for the Ospreys in the Pro12 league. His usual position is at tighthead prop. Jones has also represented Wales, previously playing for the national under-23 team, and going onto make his debut for the Wales national rugby union team in 2003. He is one of a small group of Welsh players to have won three Grand Slams including Gethin Jenkins, Ryan Jones, Gareth Edwards, Gerald Davies and JPR Williams.
Jones began his career with Neath before switching to the Ospreys with the regionalisation of Welsh rugby in 2003. Following several successful seasons at club level, Jones received a call up to the Wales squad in 2003, making his debut as a replacement against England during the 2003 Six Nations.
Jones almost immediately pinned down the No.3 shirt and was selected for Wales' World Cup squad at the end of 2003. He featured in all of Wales' games at the tournament, starting in the crucial group games against Italy and New Zealand and the quarter final loss to England. At the time, fears over Jones' fitness led to him only playing the first-half of games, a trend that he emphatically ended as
Brian Liebenberg (born 19 September 1979 in Benoni) is a South Africa-born French rugby union footballer. His usual position is at centre, where he plays for Top 14 club, Stade Français. He was a part of Stade Français' Top 16 victory of 2004, as well as the runner-up of the 2004-05 Top 16 season and the 2004-05 Heineken Cup. He was also a part of France's 2004 Six Nations Championship victory, as well as playing for them during the 2003 Rugby World Cup.
Liebenberg made his international debut for France in 2003, as a reserve in matches against Romania, and then England, both of which France won. He was promoted to a starting position for the second match against the English, which was lost 45 to 14 at Twickenham. He was then included in France's 2003 Rugby World Cup squad, playing in matches against the United States, as well as a reserve against Ireland and the All Blacks.
He was capped for France against Ireland in Paris in the 2004 Six Nations Championship, which France eventually went onto win. He was capped twice more that year for France, against Canada in Toronto, and against the All Blacks in Paris.
Liebenberg was capped twice during the 2005 Six Nations Championship,
Conrad Gerard Smith (born 12 October 1981 in Hawera, New Zealand) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. He is a midfield back and plays predominantly at Centre. Smith's elusive running, die-hard tackling, deceptive turn of pace, as well as his guile and accuracy in his distribution, make him very handy at centre to provide a link between the inside backs and the back three (11, 14, 15). He captains the Hurricanes in Super Rugby, and plays for New Zealand internationally, with whom he won the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Smith played in many Taranaki age group teams. Smith attended Francis Douglas Memorial College, after which he moved to Wellington where he completed an LLB(Hons) at Victoria University of Wellington, where he was a resident of Weir House. Smith has been admitted as a barrister and solicitor in the High Court of New Zealand.
Smith plays for the Hurricanes in Super Rugby, and also for Wellington in the ITM Cup. He made his Wellington debut in 2003, and was signed by the Hurricanes in 2004. Smith's Hurricanes career has been plagued by injury, and having been injured in 2006, 2007 and 2011, he made just 66 appearances in his first eight seasons with the side. He is the
Richard Hughes "Dick" Jones (27 November 1879 – 24 November 1958) was a Welsh international fly-half who played club rugby for Swansea Rugby Club. He won 15 caps for Wales and played county rugby for Glamorgan.
Jones, along with Dicky Owen, created one of the most devastating half-back pairings to play for Swansea. Known as the 'Dancing Dicks', Jones and Owen replaced the James brothers for Swansea, and would later bring their partnership to the Welsh team. The Welsh selectors tended to choose club pairings at half back, and when Newport's Lou Phillips was injured in a match against Scotland, he and his partner Llewellyn Lloyd were gradually replaced by Jones and Owen. The partnership would last for 15 games, a Welsh record for half-backs that was unbeaten until John and Edwards.
Jones played for Swansea for 12 seasons and was a member of the 'All White' team that beat the touring Australians in 1908.
Jones made his debut against Ireland in 1901. Although dropped for a time between 1902 and 1904, he reestablished himself with some excellent kicking and running against Scotland. Unfortunately for Jones he broke his instep in a club game in 1905 and did not play rugby again until
Gonzalo Canale (born 11 November 1982) is an Italian Argentine rugby union footballer. His usual position is in the centre or at full back. He plays for French club ASM Clermont Auvergne. Canale has also been capped for the Italy national team, and was a part of their squad at the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia and the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
Born in Córdoba, Canale was trained and taught rugby in Argentina, where he played for La Tablada between the ages of 10 and 18. Canale later moved to Italy, and would go onto represent that country at both the under-19 and under-21 level during his early career. He made his full international debut for Italy in 2003 against Scotland, at age 20. He was then included in Italy's 2003 Rugby World Cup squad.
Injury saw that Canale missed the first two games of the 2004 Six Nations Championship, but returned to play a key role in the victory over Scotland. During the subsequent summer he toured Romania and Japan, scoring his first try for Italy on tour. He impressed in the Heineken Cup for Treviso as well, including scoring a try against Bath. He has since left Treviso, and signed with French club ASM Clermont.
Malcolm O'Kelly (born 19 July 1974 in Chelmsford, England) is a retired Irish rugby union player who played as a lock for Ireland and Leinster.
The 6-foot-8-inch (2.03 m) O'Kelly, who made his international début in 1997 against New Zealand, became a talisman of the Irish side and was Ireland's all-time caps leader, surpassing Mike Gibson, on 12 February 2005 when he started in Ireland's Six Nations fixture against Scotland. O'Kelly not only earned his 70th cap, but scored Ireland's first try in the match, giving them a lead they never relinquished. O'Kelly has since been surpassed by Brian O'Driscoll, but earned 92 test caps in his career.
O'Kelly also played with the Lions on their tour to Australia, and had been named in the Lions squad for their 2005 tour of New Zealand, but aggravated a groin injury in training and was replaced by Simon Shaw. He has five Lions caps.
At the end of the 09/10 season, O'Kelly announced his retirement from professional rugby. He is the only player in the Heineken cup to have played since the start of the competition – 15 years. He has won a grand slam, the Heineken cup, the Magners League(3) and 5 Triple Crowns: he is also Ireland's most capped
Michael James Tindall, MBE (born 18 October 1978) is an English rugby player who plays outside centre for Gloucester Rugby and has captained the England team. He is married to Zara Phillips, the daughter of the Princess Royal and the eldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II.
Tindall was born in Otley, West Yorkshire, and was educated at the private school, fee-paying Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield, while his father Phil captained Otley.
Tindall joined Bath straight from school, as an 18-year-old in 1997. At that point the centre pairing at Bath and England were Jeremy Guscott and Phil de Glanville. But after the 1999 Rugby World Cup, Tindall played regularly at both club and country level, making his debut against Ireland at Twickenham in 2000 alongside Mike Catt.
Despite criticism over the years, in particular from Will Carling and ex-Bath fly-half Stuart Barnes, he cemented the outside centre position as his own with a partnership with inside centre Will Greenwood, playing in the 2003 Rugby World Cup. Tindall played in the number 12 jersey and played at outside centre, with Greenwood in the number 13. The shirt numbers often misled people into thinking they played
Nicky Tyrone Little (born 13 September 1976) in Tokoroa, New Zealand, is a rugby union footballer. He plays at fly-half. He is a nephew of All Blacks centre Walter Little, but represents Fiji at international level.
He has scored 652 points for Fiji and is the Pacific region's second highest point scorer of players who are currently active. He previously played for Canterbury and North Harbour in New Zealand provincial rugby, before moving to England where he played for the Sale Sharks in late 1999. He signed with Dax in France, but soon moved to Pontypridd, before signing with the Saracens.
Little made his test debut for Fiji in 1996 in a match against the Springboks in Pretoria, at just 19 years of age. He finished the 2000 and 2001 Pacific Rim tournaments as the top points scorer. He entered the 2003 Rugby World Cup as Fiji's all-time highest points scorer, with 488 points. He got four caps for Fiji at the 2003 World Cup, scoring a total of 45 points in those games. At the 2007 event he starred as Fiji defeated Wales to reach the quarter-finals, but was injured late in the final group game and missed the quarter-final.
On 15 July 2009, it was announced that Little had signed a
Percival Colin "Percy" Montgomery (born 15 March 1974 in Walvis Bay, South Africa, now Namibia) is a retired South African rugby union player. When he ended his international career in August 2008, he held the all-time records for both caps and points for South Africa's national team, known as the Springboks.
Montgomery attended the oldest school in the country, South African College Schools, Cape Town. He played the early part of his South African domestic career for Western Province in the Currie Cup and the Stormers in Super Rugby; after a mid-career stint in Wales, he returned to South Africa to play for the Natal Sharks in the Currie Cup and the Sharks in Super Rugby. He later spent the 2007-08 Northern Hemisphere season in the French Top 14 competition with Perpignan before returning to South Africa in June 2008. He then played for Western Province and the Stormers before ending his playing career in May 2009.
Montgomery played for Western Province and the Stormers before moving to Wales in 2002 to join Newport RFC, and joined the Newport Gwent Dragons after the 2003 reorganisation of Welsh rugby into a regional setup. At the end of the 2004-2005 Northern Hemisphere season,
Robert Kearney (born 26 March 1986), also referred to as Rob Kearney, is an Irish rugby union footballer who currently plays for UCD, Leinster and Ireland. As a youth he also played rugby union for Clongowes Wood College and Gaelic football for Louth in the All-Ireland Minor Football Championship.
Born and raised in the Cooley Peninsula, Kearney, like many of his peers, got involved in athletics at an early age. The dominant sport in the area is Gaelic football. As a youth, Kearney played Gaelic for Naomh Mhuire, and in the Cooley Kickhams underage setup, before graduating to the Cooley senior football team at the relatively young age of 16. He played for Cooley in the Louth Senior Football Championship final in 2004.
Kearney attended Clongowes Wood College in County Kildare for his secondary education. After his Leaving Certificate he moved to University College Dublin, where he studied Arts. He graduated in April 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Kearney attended University College Dublin where he played for the rugby team. In 2005 he helped the U-20s team win the McCorry Cup, beating Trinity College in the final.
Kearney played for Leinster at both schoolboy and U-19 level
Sireli Masibalavu Naqelevuki (born 30 September 1980, in Suva, Fiji) plays as a prop in rugby sevens but in traditional 15s he is a wing or centre. He made his rugby sevens debut in 2002 in Dubai Sevens. He is 1.93m tall (6'4") and weighs 118 kg. Contracted to the FRU, he played in seven of the eight IRB 7s tournaments when Fiji won the 2005-06 Series. His father, test rep Samu Naqelevuki, was a hard-hitting utility back who died in November 2002 only a few days after Sireli had been selected for the Fiji 7s team.
He played for the Suva Highlanders in the Colonial Cup but after his performance in the rugby sevens Circuit, he was recruited by the Western Province Rugby Union and he played for them in the Currie Cup where he has played 29 games for them scoring 19 tries. After solid performances for the provincial team he got picked for the Stormers Super 14 franchise team. In 2007 he tested positive for cannabis after representing Fiji in the second leg of the International Rugby Board (IRB) Sevens series in George late last year. His B Sample tested positive, leaving the Fiji 7s star to face an IRB Judicial Committee hearing. He was banned from playing rugby for 3 months. He
Andrew Philip Mehrtens MNZM (born 28 April 1973 in Durban, South Africa) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer, currently playing in France for Béziers, a club in the third-level Fédérale 1 league. He has been one of the top first five-eighths in the world since the advent of the sport's professional era in the mid-1990s, having retired from international play as the all-time leading point scorer for the New Zealand national team, the All Blacks (a record since surpassed by Dan Carter). He played first for Canterbury in 1993, before being selected for the All Blacks (New Zealand's national team) in 1995 when he played in the 1995 World Cup. With the advent of professionalism he joined the Canterbury Crusaders in 1996 for the new Super 12 competition. He continued to play for Canterbury, the Crusaders, and the All Blacks until moving to England in 2005.
Since his move to England, and later to France, he helped his first three clubs to promotion into their country's top flight. He first joined Harlequins in England, where in his first season he played a major factor in leading the freshly relegated club to an immediate return to the top-level Guinness Premiership. After seeing
Bernard Jackman (born 5 May 1976, Tullow, County Carlow, Ireland) is an Irish former rugby union player who played for Leinster. At international level, he has also played for Ireland.
Jackman was educated at Newbridge College and Dublin City University where he studied a degree in business studies and Japanese. He was persuaded by Warren Gatland to turn professional and subsequently had two spells playing for Connacht. In between he also played for Sale Sharks, helping them win the 2001-02 European Challenge Cup. he
Since 2005 Jackman has represented Leinster. A broken leg hindered his early Leinster career but he eventually established himself as a first team regular. He was a prominent member of the team that won the 2007–08 Celtic League title and he also earned himself a recall into the senior Ireland squad. He has now retired from the professional game after a bad season of injury.
Jackman represented Ireland at U19, U21 and college levels and captained Ireland A before graduating to the senior Ireland team. He was included in the squad for the 1998 tour of South Africa but was not capped. He was capped twice during the 2005 tour of Japan and won two further caps during the
Daniel Jerome Cipriani (born 2 November 1987) is an English rugby union footballer. He plays fly-half, centre and fullback. He has played for London Wasps and England. He's about to make his return to English rugby with Sale Sharks having played Super Rugby for two seasons as a member of the inaugural Melbourne Rebels squad.
Danny Cipriani is mixed-race, his father is from Trinidad & Tobago while his mother is English. Cipriani's father, Jay, and his mother, Anne, separated soon after his birth. Although Jay returned to Trinidad and Tobago, Cipriani was able to remain in contact with him. He lived with his mother in Putney. In order to send him to a private school, his mother learnt The Knowledge so that she could drive a London Taxi. She was able to afford to send him to the Wimbledon College prep school, Donhead.
Spotted as a rugby talent at Donhead, he was offered a scholarship and advised to move to the Junior House of The Oratory School near Reading to continue his development. He later moved to Whitgift School in Croydon after Common Entrance. A keen all-round sportsman, Cipriani played junior football for Queens Park Rangers and was offered youth terms by Reading. He also
Dimitri Szarzewski (born 26 January 1983 in Narbonne, France) is a French rugby union footballer, currently playing for Stade Français in the Top 14. His usual position is at hooker, and he has also represented France.
Szarzewski's first club was AS Béziers Hérault where he played from 2002 to 2004. He played five matches for Béziers during the 2002-03 Heineken Cup, as a substitute against Calvisano, Neath RFC and Leicester during 2002. He started the matches against Neath and Calvisano during the 2003 leg of the tournament.
The following season, Béziers played in the 2003-04 European Challenge Cup, as opposed to the Heineken Cup. He started against Connacht, and scored a try in the game, as well as playing in the matches against Grenoble and Bath. In 2004 he made his international debut for France on 10 July, in a match against Canada.
He played one match for France during the 2005 Six Nations Championship against Ireland. Although he did not play in any other Six Nations Championship games that year, he earned further caps for France with a match against Australia, as well as tests against Australia and South Africa. That season Szarzewski signed with Stade Français, where he
Jason Phillip Randall White (born 17 April 1978 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish rugby union footballer. He is a utility forward who can play any position in the second or back row of the scrum—lock, flanker, or number eight. White plays at club level for French Top 14 side ASM Clermont Auvergne and also plays for Scotland.
He is married to Beverly. Together they have a daughter called Annabelle.
White grew up in The Paddock, Peterculter, Aberdeen and was educated at Cults Academy and at George Watson's College in Edinburgh, he first started playing rugby union when a friend invited him to join a local team in Aberdeen – Aberdeen Wanderers. He quickly rose through the ranks of the Scotland Under-18 and Under-21 Squads.
He was named the new captain of the Scotland national team by Scotland coach Frank Hadden after an injury to Jon Petrie. White led them for the first time in the test against Argentina at Murrayfield on 12 November 2005. He also led them in the famous win against France on 4 February 2006 at Murrayfield when he earned his 50th Scottish cap. Shortly after he led Scotland to another famous victory, 18–12 over the 'Auld Enemy' at Murrayfield, therefore recovering the
Kieran James Crowley (b. 31 August 1961 in Kaponga, New Zealand) is the current coach of the Canadian men's rugby team and a former member of the New Zealand All Blacks where he played as a fullback. He has also coached the New Zealand Under-19s in the 2007 World Championships as well as coaching provincial side Taranaki.
Crowley received his first international cap on 1 June 1985 against England and would play 19 test matches scoring 105 points. He was a member of the 1987 World Cup winning side.
Crowley played club rugby for Kaponga and provincial rugby with Taranaki.
Crowley also played cricket for Taranaki in the Hawke Cup and for Central Districts in one season of the Brabin cup (Second XI) competition.
Crowley was coach of the Taranaki provincial side from 1998 to 2007. From 2002 to 2003 he also acted as a selector for the All Blacks. In 2007, he coached the New Zealand Under 19s at the World Championships in Ireland, where they went undefeated, beating South Africa in the final 31–7, winning the competition for the first time since 2004.
In March 2008, Rugby Canada announced that Crowley would be replacing Ric Suggitt as head coach of the Canadian national team.
Matthew ("Matt") James Giteau (born on 29 September 1982 in Sydney, New South Wales) an Australian rugby union footballer, is a former international player who now plays for the French Top 14 side Toulon. During his career he gained 61 Super Rugby caps and 92 Test caps.
Giteau is a utility back. His usual positions are inside-centre and fly-half, although he started his career as a scrum-half. He played for the Wallabies for the first time in 2002 against England at Twickenham and was a nominee for the International Rugby Board Player of the Year in 2004.
He attended St Edmund's College, Canberra, which has produced other Wallabies including George Gregan, Matt Henjak and the former rugby league star and now coach Ricky Stuart.
His father Ron Giteau is a former rugby league player, and his older sister Kristy is a dual-code rugby international for Australia. On 11 December 2010, Matt Giteau married Bianca Franklin, a netball player with the Adelaide Thunderbirds.
Giteau made his debut for the ACT Brumbies in 2001 and the Wallabies in 2002. During this time he won two Super Rugby titles with the Brumbies in the 2001 Super 12 season and the 2004 Super 12 season and was a part of the
Junior Malili Muliaina (born 31 July 1980), better known as Mils Muliaina, is a rugby union player, who currently plays for NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes in Japan. He formerly played for the Chiefs and Auckland Blues in Super Rugby, and New Zealand at international level. He was born in Salesi, Samoa, then moved with his family to Invercargill, New Zealand, at the age of two. With 33 tries in 100 tests for the All Blacks, Muliaina appears on the list of the highest try scorers in rugby union test history. In the 2011 Rugby World Cup quarter-final match against Argentina, Muliaina became the second All Black to reach 100 caps.
Starring in Southland age group representative teams he first attended Cargill High School then Southland Boys' High School, where he proved proficient enough at rugby to be offered a scholarship to Kelston Boys' High School in Auckland, in 1998. Subsequently, Muliaina played for the NZ Secondary Schools XV, the team winning that year's world championship. He repeated this the following year with the world champion Under 19 side, and in 2000 and 2001 was part of the world champion Under 21 (NZ Colt) teams of those years.
Muliaina joined the Auckland Blues in 2001
Sir Peter George Yarranton (30 September 1924 – 1 June 2003) was chairman of the United Kingdom Sports Council from 1989 to 1994, and a notable figure in the world of rugby union, both as a player and as an administrator, for more than 40 years.
Yarranton was educated at Holy Innocents School, Kingsbury, where he was head chorister and at Willesden Technical College. In 1942 he joined the Royal Air Force, and subsequently flew Mitchell and Liberator bombers in the Burma campaign. In the Air Force he captained the RAF swimming and water polo teams, and was introduced - at the age of 24 - to rugby. He developed into a powerful, mobile second row forward, capable of holding his own in the rough and tumble of the sport as well as of claiming the ball with prodigious leaps in the line-out. He formed a lifelong connection with the Wasps club, whom he captained for much of the late 1950s, and he also turned out for London, Middlesex and the RAF. In 1954 and 1955 he played for England against the other Home Nations, and against France and New Zealand. He kept fit well into his forties, when he became club secretary of Wasps, and in 1963 came out of retirement to play in a match for the
Brock James (born 22 October 1981 in Victoria, Australia) is an Australian rugby union player currently playing for French club ASM Clermont Auvergne.
James attended the The Scots College in Sydney and Sydney University, where he was a resident of St. John's College. After a few good seasons in the southern hemisphere, he joined Clermont-Ferrand after Stephen Jones's departure. For his first season, he played every single game with Clermont and became top scorer of the league with 380 points. From 4 January till 28 March 2009, he scored 41 placed kicks in a row, a new record for the Top 14, the old one being Romain Teulet's 35 kicks in a row in 2004–05.
James has earned caps for Australia U-21 and Australia national sevens team in 2002.
James was ranked #50 in the list 'The 50 best rugby players in the world 2009' by the British newspaper 'The Independent'.
Christophe Dominici (born 20 May 1972) is a former French rugby union footballer of Italian origin. He played wing for Stade Français and France. He has been a coach with Stade Français since the start of the 2008/9 season and a board member since 2009/10 season.
Christophe Dominici was born in Toulon and by his own account had a difficult sometimes turbulent childhood. He was outstanding at football and for a while was training with AS Monaco where he met with Lilian Thuram with whom he maintains a close friendship. However he decided to concentrate on the oval ball at which he showed exceptional talent and he was playing regularly for Solliès-Pont from the age of 16. He joined his home town side the RC Toulonnais where he was a regular for four seasons from 1993 to 1997. His form earned a move to Stade Français in Paris, one of the giants of the French club game where he played from 1997 to 2008. He was part of an era when Stade Français won five French championships and other honours. He joined their coaching staff at the start of the 2008/9 season and although he is still registered as a player he has effectively ended his top flight playing career.
Dominici burst onto the
David Auradou (born 13 November 1973 in Harfleur, Seine-Maritime) is a French rugby union footballer playing Paris club, Stade Français in the élite Top 14 competition. His usual position is at lock (missionary). His is the current captain of Stade Français Paris CASG.
Auradou was part of the Stade Français team that won the Coupe de France in 1999, when they beat CS Bourgoin-Jallieu 27–19 at Saint-Etienne. The following season his club also featured in the final of the French championship, in which they won, defeating the US Colomiers 28–23 at Stade de France. The club went onto feature in the final of the 2000-01 Heineken Cup, but were defeated by the Leicester Tigers.
The following year he made his international debut for France during the 2002 Six Nations Championship, in the 33–12 win over Italy in Paris. He played two more matches during France's Six Nations series, against England, and then against Ireland, as a replacement. France went onto win the tournament. He also played another international that year, against Canada, in Paris.
In 2003 he played in three of France's Six Nations, as a replacement against Scotland, Italy and Wales. He then went onto play for France in
Dicky Owen (17 November 1876 - 27 February 1932) was a Welsh international scrum-half who played club rugby for Swansea RFC Owen is seen as one of the greatest Welsh scrum-halves and won 35 caps for Wales between 1901 and 1912, a record that was unbeaten until 1955 when Ken Jones surpassed him.
Born Richard Morgan Owens in 1876, "Dicky" Owen was one of the great players of Wales' first Golden Era of rugby. He played in five Triple Crown winning teams and along with Gareth Edwards and Haydn Tanner is seen as the greatest scrum-half produced by Wales.
Owen was an innovative rugby player, continually attempting to devise new tactics and moves. He is recognised as a developer of feint attacks and realised the influence of a scrum-half linking with wing-forwards in attacking moves. He is also noted for his swift distribution play, which some fly-halves, especially Percy Bush found difficult to adapt to. Speaking in 1927, Owen explained his philosophy on scrum-half play:
An example of Owen's tactical mind was seen in one of his early international matches against England in 1902. Wales were behind in the game with little time remaining when Owen tricked his opposite number, Bernard
Dimitri Yachvili (born 19 September 1980 in Brive-la-Gaillarde, Corrèze) is a French rugby union footballer who currently plays scrum-half for Biarritz and France.
Of Georgian descent, his father Michel was a French international before him. His paternal grandfather was a Georgian POW during WWII in France who escaped and subsequently participated in the French Resistance in the province of Limousin. Dimitri's brother Grégoire chose to play for the Georgian national team.
Yachvili made his international debut in November 2002 in a 35–3 victory against Canada.
Since the retirement of Fabien Galthié, Yachvili has been in and out of the French starting 15.
During the 2005 Six Nations Championship he regained his position as the first choice scrum-half for the French national team, cementing his position with a virtuoso goal-kicking performance against England at Twickenham. He also captained the French national team, surrendering the captaincy permanently for the 2005 summer tour to South Africa, which he missed through injury.
He was considered the number two scrum-half behind Jean-Baptiste Élissalde in the French team who retired in May 2010. He is now second to Morgan Parra in the
Gareth Thomas (born 25 July 1974), known as Alfie, is a retired Welsh professional rugby footballer who played rugby league for the Crusaders RL in the Super League. He also previously played rugby union for the Cardiff Blues and Wales as a fullback, wing or centre.
On 26 May 2007, Thomas surpassed Gareth Llewellyn as the most-capped Wales rugby union player with his 93rd appearance. During the 2007 Rugby World Cup, Thomas scored a try in what was his final game for Wales, and in the process created sporting history when he became the first Welshman to win 100 international caps in rugby union. His cap record was surpassed by Stephen Jones in September 2011. Thomas is listed 11th in the world on the international list of leading Rugby union Test try scorers and he is the 2nd highest Wales try scorer behind Shane Williams.
On 6 October 2010 Thomas became a dual code international when he represented the Wales national rugby league team against Italy at the Wrexham Racecourse Ground. On 25 October 2011 Thomas announced his retirement from professional sport.
According to an article in Sports Illustrated on 3 May 2010, Thomas was notable as the world's only then-current professional
Gavin Williams (born October 25, 1979) is a Auckland is a Rugby Union player, who plays club rugby for ASM Clermont Auvergne, and internationally for Samoa.
Williams played for Connacht, where he played from 2005 until the end of the 2006–07 season. After leaving Connacht, he went on to make his debut for Samoa in the summer of 2007, in a match against Fiji. Williams scored a try and conversion in Samoa's opening game in the 2007 World Cup. He previously played for US Dax before signing for Clermont.
Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Gavin Williams has a strong family connection in rugby with his father Bryan Williams, a strong All Black winger, and brother Paul Williams, who has represented Auckland and Canterbury plus the Crusaders and the Blues.
Erith Gwyn Nicholls (15 July 1874 – 24 March 1939) was a Welsh rugby union player who gained 24 caps for Wales as a centre. Nicholls was known as the "Prince of Threequarters".
Born in Westbury-on-Severn, Nicholls started his rugby career with Cardiff Star before playing in the Cardiff first team from 1893. He spent all his playing career with Cardiff, playing 18 seasons for them, apart from half a season with Newport in 1901/2 when he began a laundry business there with fellow Welsh international Bert Winfield. He captained Cardiff for four seasons; 1898/9 through to 1900/1 and again in 1903/04.
Nicholls gained his first international cap against Scotland on 25 January 1896, a solid if not spectacular debut. His next few games gained him praise and Nicholls began to get more notice from the local press, Nicholls international career was placed on pause for twelve months during 1897 and 1898 while Wales were excluded from playing because of the Gould Affair.
His 24 caps for Wales were won between 1896 and 1906 and included ten matches as captain. He was captain of the Triple Crown winning side of 1902. Despite announcing his retirement from international rugby at the end of the
John William Smit (born 3 April 1978 in Pietersburg, South Africa) is the 50th captain of the South African national rugby union team, the Springboks, and currently playing professionally in England with Saracens. He has played most of his career as a hooker, but played twice for the Springboks off the bench as a prop prior to the South Africa coaching staff's decision to use him as a tighthead prop for the 2008 end of year Tests. On 22 November 2008, he surpassed prop Os du Randt as the most-capped forward in Springboks history. He retired from international rugby following the 2011 Rugby World Cup as the most-capped player in South African history, with 111 appearances.
While still active at club level, Smit was inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame on 24 October 2011, alongside all other Rugby World Cup-winning captains and head coaches from the tournament's inception in 1987 through 2007 (minus the previously inducted John Eales).
Smit attended Pretoria Boys High School where he was head prefect in 1996 and played for the school's First XV from 1994 to 1996.
Smit played his first Springbok game in 2000 at the age of 22, when South Africa beat Canada 51–18 at Basil Kenyon Stadium
George Llewellyn Lloyd (1877-1 August 1957) was a Welsh international half-back who played club rugby for Newport and county rugby with Kent. He won 12 caps for Wales and captained the team on one occasion against Scotland.
Lloyd played as a back for Wales in an era before specialised positions were adopted and along with fellow Newport player Lou Phillips formed a strong partnership sharing half-back duties, working the scrummage and playing outside. Never seen as an explosive or attacking back, which would later typify Welsh play, he was seen as a player of calm nerves who could stay cool under pressure.
Lloyd captained Newport for four seasons between 1899 and 1903, in the last three the team lost only 7 out of 89 matches.
Jones made his début against Ireland in 1896 after the departure of Swansea backs Evan and David James; in an aggressive match played on a muddy pitch which Wales lost. Between Jones moving to London for a period and the year lost by Wales during the 'Gould Affair', he would not gain another cap until 1899. Paired with Phillips, Jones would make another six appearances before Phillips broke down during the 1901 Scottish game and never played for Wales again.
Peter Alexander Stringer (born 13 December 1977 in Cork, Ireland) is an Irish rugby union player who plays at scrum-half for Munster and Ireland. He is 1.70m (5' 7") tall and weighs in at just over 70 kg (152 lbs).
Stringer made his Munster debut against Ulster on 3 October 1998, in an Irish Inter-Provincial Championship game. He made his Heineken Cup debut for Munster against Perpignan on 10 October 1998.
He was Munster's first-choice scrum-half for the 2000 Heineken Cup Final against Northampton Saints, a game which Munster lost 8-9. Stringer was again at scrum-half for Munster in the 2002 Heineken Cup Final against Leicester Tigers, which Leicester won 15-9. This game also involved the infamous 'Hand of Back' incident, in which Neil Back, the Leicester flanker, knocked the ball out of Stringer's hands during his put-in to a Munster scrum near the Leicester try-line, ultimately denying Munster any chance of a comeback .
Stringer's first silverware with Munster came in February 2003, when they secured the 2002-03 Celtic League. He was also Munster's scrum-half when they beat Llanelli Scarlets to win the Celtic Cup in May 2005.
Stringer played a key role for Munster during the
Rhys Priestland (born 9 January 1987) is a Welsh international rugby union player for Scarlets in the RaboDirect Pro12. His position of choice is as a Fly-half, however he occasionally plays at Full-back. He attended Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Myrddin, Carmarthen.
Priestland joined the Scarlets in 2005 through the academy, he was only 18 at the time. He currently plays at fly half or at full back for the Welsh region side the Scarlets. They play rugby in Parc y Scarlets. He has played 91 games for them and scored over 600 points. In the 2010/2011 season against USA Perpignan, he scored a try at the end of the first half which the Scarlets won.
In January 2011 he was named in the Wales national rugby union team squad for the 2011 Six Nations Championship and made his international debut on the 12 February 2011 in the 24–6 win against Scotland as a second-half replacement.
Preistland was picked in Warren Gatlands 30 man 2011 Rugby World Cup squad in New Zealand. He started at fly half in the first match against current champions at the time South Africa, he impressed with a very good performance losing only 16–17. He started at 10 again against Samoa winning 17–10, he started again
Richard Cockerill (born 16 December 1970) is a former English rugby union footballer who played as a hooker.
Cockerill was born in Rugby. Joining Leicester Tigers, he established himself as the B of the "ABC club" alongside Graham Rowntree (A) and Darren Garforth (C).
He made his England debut against Argentina in 1997 and later his first match at Twickenham was as a half-time replacement for the Bath hooker Andy Long in Clive Woodward's first match in charge against the Wallabies; Long was young and clearly out of his depth. Cockerill's performance earned him a starting place against New Zealand, where he stood up to Norm Hewitt during the haka (see book cover).
A dip in form led him to lose his first choice hooking position at Leicester to Dorian West. He was also dropped from the England side after criticising Woodward in his book entitled In Your Face. He subsequently moved to France, but signed again for Leicester for the 2004–5 season.
In 2005 he was appointed forwards coach at Leicester Tigers succeeding John Wells.
Cockerill served as acting head coach of Leicester Tigers in the early part of the 2007–08 season before Marcelo Loffreda arrived from Argentina in the wake of
Shaun Perry (born 4 May 1978 in Wolverhampton) is an English rugby union footballer, who plays for Worcester Warriors in the Aviva Premiership. His usual position is at scrum half.
Perry began playing rugby in the Youth Section of Dudley Kingswinford RFC at age 7. He rose through the age groups to eventually make his senior debut in the DKRFC Colts team. The next year at age 18 he was playing for the 1st XV, where he played for seven seasons before joining Coventry.
Perry played for Coventry in National Division One for two seasons, during which time he scored a try in a match against his future club, Bristol. After eleven games for Bristol during the 2005-06 season, Perry was called up into the England A squad. He was given the captaincy for the match against Ireland A.
Towards the end of the 2005-06 season, Perry sustained a wrist injury which ruled him out for approximately eight weeks of play, and therefore also put him out of contention to represent England during the summer tests to Australia, for a two-test Cook Cup series. In August 2006, Perry was included in the 2006-07 England Elite Player Squad.
In October 2006, Perry was named in the squad that would compete in the
Simon Dalton Shaw MBE (born 1 September 1973 in Nairobi, Kenya) is an English rugby union player who plays at lock for Toulon and England.
At 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in), he is one of the tallest men to play for England. Shaw has represented England at various levels including students and Under-21s. He played for Bristol at 17. This was despite not taking up the game seriously until he was 16, just after his family had moved to England from Spain. He was educated at Runnymede College, in Madrid and at Godalming College in Surrey. He also played for Cranleigh Rugby Club in his younger years, and often returns to train with the youth teams.
Shaw played for Bristol at the age of 17. He joined London Wasps in 1997. Wasps won the Tetley's Bitter Cup in 1999 and retained it the following season with a victory over the Northampton Saints. Playing against Bath in August 2000, Shaw became the only lock in the Premiership to have scored a drop goal.
In the 2002–03 Zurich Premiership Shaw won the Premiership for the first time, defeating Gloucester in the final. That season Shaw also won his first European silverware with victory against Bath in the 2002-03 Parker Pen Challenge Cup. The 2003-04
Stephen Ferris (born 2 August 1985) is an Irish rugby union player for Ulster and Ireland. Ferris plays his club rugby with Dungannon. He is from Maghaberry and attended Friends School Lisburn. He has played for Ulster and Ireland in all three backrow positions.
Ferris graduated from the Ulster Academy and joined Ulster Rugby on a development contract at the start of the 2005–2006 season. He was named in the Ireland Under-20 Rugby World Cup Squad in 2005. He made his Ulster debut against Border Reivers in October 2005.
Ferris made his full Ireland debut against Pacific Islanders in November 2006. Ferris was selected for the Ireland Rugby World Cup squad in 2007 but was an unused reserve at the tournament. Injury ruled Ferris out of the 2008 Six Nations, but good early season form for Ulster saw him rewarded with three further caps during Ireland's end of year campaign. He earned his fifth Irish cap against Australia in June 2008.
He retained his place for the following year's Six Nations and was an ever-present as Declan Kidney's side clinched the Grand Slam.
Ferris was selected as part of the 2009 British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa.
He scored his first Lions try on 3
Stephen Michael Jones (born 8 December 1977 in Aberystwyth) is a Welsh international rugby union player who plays primarily at fly-half for Wales, the British and Irish Lions and London Wasps.
Stephen Jones is the record cap holder for Wales and he is joint eighth on the List of rugby union Test caps leaders. Jones is sixth in the List of leading Rugby union Test point scorers, and the second-highest Wales player on the list behind Neil Jenkins.
Jones joined Llanelli RFC in 1996, staying there until the 2003–04 season. He played his last Welsh club season for the Llanelli Scarlets, the Llanelli side in the Welsh regional setup introduced that year. In his Welsh top-level career, he made more than 200 appearances and scored almost 2,000 points.
In 2004, he joined Clermont Auvergne, formerly known as Montferrand. He had a successful club career with Clermont and he was chosen by French journalists as the fly-half of the season in his second year at the club.
After two years at Clermont he returned to play for the Scarlets in 2006. Back in Llanelli, Jones and the team had an excellent run in the Heineken Cup in 2007 and reached the semi-finals after wins home and away against Ulster