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Born on this day- 19th July

Born on this day- 19th July

Steve Hanley

  • Position: Wing
  • DOB: 19/07/1979 (age 36)
  • Current Club: Leinster
  • Previous clubs: Lansdowne
  • Honours: Ireland, Wolfhounds, Emerging Ireland, Ireland

Cumbrian born Steve Hanley is regarded as a genuine Sale legend amongst fans as they voted him into the Sale Sharks’ Hall of Fame’ in 2007. He is the third top Premiership try scorer of all time, with an impressive 75 tries to his name. He won his only England cap against Wales during the 1999 Five Nations Championship. In July 2008, Hanley announced his retirement from Rugby due to a back injury and has since taken up a role with the Sale Sharks community team.

Dave Kearney

  • Position: Fullback
  • DOB: 19/07/1989 (age 26)
  • Current Club: Leinster
  • Previous clubs: Lansdowne
  • Honours: Ireland, Wolfhounds, Emerging Ireland, Ireland

From teenage talent to Ireland international, Dave Kearney has always had a taste for old-fashioned wing play. The powerful runner played every game of the 2014 Six Nations and has also capped at Ireland U20 and Wolfhounds level. The 26-year old is the younger brother of Rob Kearney, who has represented Ireland and the British Lions. Dave and his brother have both spent their whole careers at Pro12 side Leinster.

Paddy O’Brien

  • Position: Referee
  • DOB: 19/07/1959 (age 56)
  • Honours: Rugby World Cup, Super Rugby, Test Matches, Six Nations, Lions Tour

Born in Southland New Zealand Paddy O’Brien began refereeing with the Southland Referees Association in 1984 and combined that with 17 years in the New Zealand Police before turning professional in 1996 with his first game in the Super 12. He then went on to referee at the highest level, including a Lions test between the Lions and Australia. He then became head of the International Rugby Board’s Referee Board before leaving in 2012.

Viliame Satala

  • Position: Centre
  • DOB: 19/07/1972 (age 43)
  • Current Club: Retired
  • Previous clubs: Kandy Sports Club, Mont-de-Marsan, NEC Harlequins
  • Honours: Fiji

Nicknamed ‘The Stretcher’ Viliame Satala was one of the hardest hitting centres of his generation, but he still had a good sidestep and burst of pace to get him over the whitewash now and then. He was named the best outside centre of the 1999 World Cup by Stephen Jones, specifically for a big performance in the Fijians underdog victory against Wales. In his career, he would make 29 test starts for Fiji, with an impressive return of 16 tries.