7 outstanding rugby players who made the grade late

2. CHRIS LATHAM

Legendary players are often sighted from a young age, and they are expected to become great in their entire lives. However, that archetype of success does not apply to Chris Latham, who currently stands as the second highest try scorer in the history of the Australian national rugby team.

Making his professional club debut at 23 with the New South Wales Waratahs, Latham went on to become the Australian Super Rugby Player of the Year on four different occasions while playing for the Queensland Reds.

What’s even more impressive is that Latham has to wait one year after his debut at professional club level to get a chance to play for the Wallabies, but it’s safe to say that the rest is ancient history.

Today, Chris Latham is now regarded as one of the best players in Wallabies history, even if he didn’t start his professional career as a superstar teenage prospect.

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