Born on this day- 11th October

Born on this day- 11th October: Macfadyen, McGrath, Jessep

Find out which Rugby Union stars were born each day here at RUCK.

Donnie Macfadyen
Position: Flanker
DOB: 11/10/1979 (Age 36)
Current Club: Retired
Previous clubs: Glasgow
Honours: Scotland

The flanker made his Scotland debut in 2001 as a substitute against Canada in Vancouver before his first Test start followed against the United States a week later in San Francisco. Macfadyen, who was named Lloyds TSB Young Player of the Year in season 1999-2000, would only go on to win 11 caps for the Dark Blues’ due to an injury-hampered career. The back-row would go onto Captain Glasgow Warriors but quit the game aged 28 due to his on-going injury problems.

Jack McGrath
Position: Prop
DOB: 11/10/1989 (Age 26)
Current Club: Leinster
Honours: Ireland U20, Emerging Ireland, Ireland Wolfhounds, Ireland

Loosehead prop McGrath made his Ireland debut against Samoa in November 2013 and was named the man of the match after a stunning display. He has since gone on to win 23 caps for men in green as well as being part of their Rugby World Cup 2015 campaign. The front-rower is on the bench for Ireland today in fact in their pool decider against France in Cardiff.

Ted Jessep

Position: Hooker/Prop
DOB: 11/10/1904; DOD:10/01/1983 (aged 78)
Previous Clubs: Wellington, Victoria
Honours: Australia, New Zealand
The forward had the distinction of being the first person to play in test matches for both New Zealand and Australia.

Born in Sydney, Jessep moved to New Zealand with his family when he was three years old. A hooker and prop, Jessep represented Wellington at a provincial level and was a member of the New Zealand national side, the All Blacks, in 1931 and 1932.

He subsequently moved back to Australia and played two test matches as vice-captain for the Wallabies in 1934, both against New Zealand.


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