You’re only as old as you feel. Whoever is going to win the 2019 Rugby World Cup will need a healthy blend of youth and experience. Certainly, the latter will be on show when it all kicks off next week.
You want the guys who have been there, done it, got the t-shirt and watched World Cups when the TVs were all black and white. The senior brigade are set to descend upon Japan, so let’s hope these multi-million dollar stadiums come equipped with easy elevator access and walk-in baths.
Okay, perhaps we’re exaggerating here. These athletes have kept themselves match-fit and at the top of their game for the last twenty years.
Who are the oldest players at the Rugby World Cup 2019?
5- Rory Best (15/08/92, 37-years-old)
Ireland: 120 caps
The Ireland captain will retire from rugby – 14 years after his international debut – when his country’s World Cup campaign ends. Best started his international career in 2005 against New Zealand as he was introduced as a replacement to an Ireland front row that included his brother Simon.
4- Tusi Pisi (18/06/82, 37-years-old)
Samoa: 35 caps
He is an exciting fly-half talent, with a deadly kicking game. Pisi’s goal-kicking was instrumental in the defeat of Australia in July 2011 and he’s still a key part of their set-up