For fans of a certain age, it’s distressing to see the emergence of rugby players who were born in the 2000s.
It’s a reminder that you’re much older than you think, and that you’ve probably missed your chance to turn pro.
Below, we have rounded up five internationals that we are certain you will be surprised to learn are still playing.
Did we miss anybody particularly noteworthy? Make sure you let us know in the comments below.
#1. Phil Vickery (England)
- Age: 46
- Total caps:78
- Last appearance: vs New Zealand (June 2014)
The World Cup-winning tighthead has played in four or five charity games this season and doesn’t appear to have lost a step.
He retired with 73 England caps and five Test appearances for the Lions, three of them against Australia in 2001 and two versus the Springboks in 2009.Advertisement
Although he missed the 2003 Grand Slam campaign through injury, Vickery returned to play a key role in England’s World Cup triumph in Australia.