Born on this day-14th September - Ruck

Born on this day-14th September

Ben Cohen

Position: Fly-half
DOB: 14/09/1978 (age 25)
Current club: Retired
Previous clubs: Northampton, Brive, Sale Sharks
Honours: England

Physical speedster Ben Cohen first came to prominence with Northampton when his try-scoring ability played a crucial role in their Heineken Cup triumph in 2000. Sir Clive Woodward rewarded the winger with his international debut later that year during the Six Nations against Ireland. From then on he was a regular up until 2006, winning the World Cup in 2003 in the process, as he made 57 Test caps, scoring 31 tries. That total sees him rank as England’s 10th-highest point scorer in history and third behind Rory Underwood and Will Greenwood in the list of all-time England try scorers.

Romain Taofifenua

Position: Lock
DOB: 14/09/1990 (age 26)
Current club: Toulon
Previous clubs: Clermont, Perpignan
Honours: France U20, France

Since making his debut in 2012, Romain Taofifenua has made eight appearances for Les Bleus, scoring one try. However, the Toulon man failed to impress enough to make Philippe Saint-Andre’s final 31-man World Cup squad. The 6ft 6in lock has previously played at all age grade levels for France, having represented the U18’s, U19’s and U20’s.

Piet van Zyl

Position: Scrum-half
DOB: 14/09/1989 (age 26)
Current club: Blue Bulls
Previous clubs: Cheetahs
Honours: South Africa

Lively playmaker Piet van Zyl is a Springbok international scrum-half who made his debut against Scotland in June 2013 before winning his only other cap to date a week later against Samoa. Despite having an excellent Super Rugby campaign in 2015 with the Bulls, he was not able to make a serious claim for a place in Heyneke Meyer’s final 31-man World Cup squad. This was due to him rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee late in the season.

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