DOB: 17/09/1988 (age 27)
Current club: Toulon
Previous clubs: Massy, Stade Francais
Honours: France U19, France U20, France
Alarmingly powerful France international Mathieu Bastareaud possesses an excellent turn of speed and an accomplished handling game that contradicts his bulky physical frame. The centre, who is the cousin of footballer William Gallas, made his international debut in 2009 and to date has amassed 35 Caps, scoring three tries. The powerhouse was the man of the match as Toulon won the Heineken Cup Final in 2013 against Clermont. Previously he had also played club rugby with Massy and Stade Francais.
DOB: 17/09/1971 (age 43)
Current club: Retired
Previous clubs: Bath, London Irish
Honours: England, British and Irish Lions
World Cup winning utility back Mike Catt, who is sometimes best known for being flattened by Jonah Lomu in 1995, was a regular in the England team for a remarkable 13 years between 1994 and 2007. Catt, who won 75 caps for England and one cap for the British and Irish Lions, joined Stuart Lancaster’s national set-up as backs/attack coach in 2012.
DOB: 17/09/1989 (age 26)
Current club: Munster
Courageous flanker Peter O’Mahony will be a central figure in Joe Schmidt’s 31-man squad at the imminent World Cup. Noted for his leadership attributes, the 25-year old captained Ireland at U18 and U20 levels and has since won 32 Caps for Ireland’s senior national team, two of them as skipper, since making his debut in 2012.
DOB: 17/09/1984 (age 31)
Uruguay international Santiago Vilaseca has obtained 33 caps for the Teros since making his international bow in 2008. The lock was recently selected to captain Uruguay’s World Cup campaign in 2015, which will be their first finals since 2003. The 31-year old lock currently plays his club rugby for the Old Boys Club in his native country.