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Born on this day- 14th October: Little, Savea, Spencer

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

Wian Conradie
Position: Flanker
DOB: 14/10/1994 (Age 21)
Honours: Namibia

Namibia youngster Conradie has played in three tests for the Welwitschias, two of which came during the Rugby World Cup in 2015. The flanker came through the ranks having played at junior primary and senior high school level for Namibia. After an excellent tournament for Namibia at the 2014 Junior World Trophy tournament in Hong Kong, it was only a matter of time before he would be promoted to the national side.


Walter Little
Position: Fly-half/Centre
DOB: 14/10/1969 (Age 46)
Current Club: Retired
Previous clubs: North Harbour, Chiefs, Blues
Honours: New Zealand

Fifty cap All Black Little represented New Zealand between 1989 and 1998, which included playing at two Rugby World Cups in 1991 and 1995. His immense talent saw him make a formidable midfield combination with Frank Bunce, which could unlock any defence in world rugby when they were at the peak of their powers. Although the centre did have some injury problems throughout his career, he still finished with what was at the time a record-equaling 145 appearances for North Harbour while also playing 43 matches for Chiefs and Blues in the Super 12.


Vasil Lobzhanidze
Position: Scrum-half
DOB: 14/10/1996 (Age 19)
Current Club: RC Armazi Tbilisi
Honours: Georgia

Vibrant scrum-half Lobzhanidze became the youngest ever player to appear at a Rugby World Cup when he took to field against Tonga in Georgia’s opening match at this year’s tournament. The teenager made quite the name for himself with some great displays, playing a crucial role in the Lelos impressive third place finish in Pool C, which ensures they automatically qualify for the next instalment of the tournament in four years time in Japan.


Ardie Savea
Position: Flanker
DOB: 14/10/1993 (Age 22)
Current Club: Hurricanes/Wellington
Honours: New Zealand U20, New Zealand

New Zealand flanker Savea made his All Black debut aged 20 in November 2013 during their European tour. The reasons behind this was “we want to introduce him to the way of the All Black life,” said Coach Steve Hansen, which was made easier by the inclusion of his Brother Julian, who has scored 35 tries for the All Black’s. The back-row has since joined the Hurricanes in Super Rugby, scoring five tries in 32 appearances.


Carlos Spencer
Position: Fly-half/Fullback
DOB: 14/10/1975 (Age 40)
Current Club: Retired
Previous clubs: Northampton Saints, Gloucester Rugby, Horowhenua, Auckland, Golden Lions, Blues Lions
Honours: New Zealand, New Zealand Maori

Former New Zealand and Moari international Spencer enjoyed a successful playing career before remaining in the game as a coach. The versatile back first rose to prominence when he made four non-test appearances for New Zealand in 1995, but he would go on to win 35 caps for the All Blacks with a respectable return of 291 points.

In his prestigious club career that spanned between 1992 and 2011 he was named in the Premiership Dream Team in 2006 and collected the player of the year award the same season at the Northampton Saints annual awards. He also played in four matches for Bob Dwyer’s World XV team in 2006.

Since hanging his boots up in 2011 Spencer has worked as an attack and specialist skills coach at the Lions, Sharks and most recently the Easter Province Kings before parting ways. The 40-year-old will likely return to coaching at a new club in the near future.


 

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