5 rugby stars who took unorthodox routes to the Rugby World Cup

3. Mark Wilson (England)

The flanker worked his way up the leagues nearby for Blaydon in National One after having spells with Penrith RUFC and Kendal RUFC. Despite initially struggling to make his mark for the Falcons he eventually made the number six shirt his own. As a result of a string of fine performances, he made his debut in the 1st summer test against Argentina and has since become a regular under Eddie Jones

4. Liam Williams (Wales)

The speedster was not picked up by any of the Welsh regional professional academies, and hence aged 16 started working as a trainee scaffolder at Port Talbot Steelworks, whilst continuing to play in his spare. He was signed by Scarlets aged 20 and went onto become a star for club and country after making his Test debut in 2012. Now plays his club rugby at Saracens.