Born on this day- 19th September

Born on this day- 19th September

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

Matthew Cockbain

Position: Lock
DOB: 19/09/1972 (age 43)
Current club: Retired
Previous clubs: Cardiff Blues, World Fighting Bull, Melbourne Rebels, Reds
Honours: Australia
Man-mountain Matthew Cockbain played in two Rugby World Cups for Australia, which included lifting the Webb Ellis Cup in 1999 before finishing runner-up in 2003. The lock, who made 63 Test caps for the Wallabies, hung up his international boots following the loss in 2003 and enjoyed a short stint at Cardiff Blues. He then played with World Corporation in Japan from 2004 to 2006 before returning to Australia to play for the Melbourne Rebels where he would end his career.  His brother, Brent Cockbain also played international rugby but for Wales.

Hendre Fourie

Position: Flanker
DOB: 19/09/1979 (age 36)
Current club: Retired
Previous clubs: Rotherham, Leeds Carnegie, Sale Sharks
Honours: England Saxons, England
South African-born Carel Hendrik Fourie, generally known as Hendre Fourie is a former England international, who he was qualified to play for through residency laws. The prop, who was better known to his team mates as ‘Shrek’, made 8 Test caps for the men in white between 2010 and 2013 but was forced to retire in that year due to a persistent shoulder injury. During his club career in England, he started off at Rotherham before enjoying spells with Leeds Carnegie and Sale Sharks.

Sitaleki Timani

Position: Lock
DOB: 19/09/1986 (age 29)
Current club: Montpellier
Previous clubs: Perth Spirit, Western Force, Brumbies, Waratahs
Honours: Australia
Cross-code star Sitaleki Timani made the switch back to Rugby Union in 2007 and four years later made the step up to Test rugby with Australia. His decision to play for the Wallabies, who he’d win 18 Test caps for, meant he became ineligible to play for his native Tonga and it probably cost him an appearance at the Rugby World Cup later that year. In 2013, he signed a three-year deal with the French side, Montpellier, which subsequently ended his short international career.

Alun Wyn Jones

Position: Lock
DOB: 19/09/1985 (age 30)
Current club: Ospreys
Previous clubs: Swansea
Honours: Wales U21, Wales, British and Irish Lions
Wales and British and Irish Lions legend Alun Wyn Jones wrote his name into history books when he skippered the Lions to a final Test victory in Sydney during their tour of Australia in 2013. Jones, who to date has 90 Test caps for Wales and six for the Lions, has been selected by Warren Gatland in Wales starting XV for their World Cup opener against Uruguay.

Dimitri Yachvili

Position: Scrum-half
DOB: 19/09/1980 (age 35)
Current club: Retired
Previous clubs: Gloucester, Biarritz
Honours: France
Former Les Bleus Captain Dimitri Yachvili played a crucial role as France narrowly finished runner-up to hosts New Zealand during the Rugby World Cup in 2011. The scrum-half, who in total amassed 60 Test caps for France over a decade between 2002 and 2012, retired from rugby in 2014 after a successful club career with Biarritz, scoring 3053 points in 289 outings.