Born on this day- 21th July - Ruck

Born on this day- 21th July

Born on this day- 21st July

Simon Easterby

  • Position: Flanker
  • DOB: 21/07/1975 (age 40)
  • Current Club: Retired
  • Previous clubs: Leeds Carnegie, Llanelli RFC, Scarlets
  • Honours: Ireland, British and Irish Lions

Former Ireland Captain Simon Easterby was a tremendous talent, winning 65 Ireland caps between 2000 and 2008. He also toured New Zealand with the British and Irish Lions in 2005. Last year he took up the role as Ireland’s new forwards coach, leaving Scarlet’s where he was the head coach for two years.

Chris Fusaro

  • Position: Flanker
  • DOB: 21/07/1989 (age 26)
  • Current Club: Glasgow Warriors
  • Previous clubs: Howe of Fide
  • Honours: Scotland

Glasgow Warriors Chris Fusaro is of Scottish and Italian heritage, but opted to play for the Thistle’s, making four appearances since debuting in 2014. At the age of 22 he was voted Glasgow Warriors’ 2011/12 Player of the Year by the club’s fans (with 40% of the vote), having already been named Players’ Player of the Season and the club’s Player of the Season.

Mike James

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

Standing at 196cm tall Lock Mike James spend seven years of his career playing with the historic side Stade Francais between 2000 and 2007. He earned 54 caps for Canada, 9 of which have come from World Cup matches and he captained Canada on several occasions. James retired from playing in 2008 and returned to Vancouver, where he was appointed as head coach of Burnaby Lake Rugby Club. He coached his old club for just over two seasons before since serving as coach of the BC Bears.

Fulgence Ouedraogo

  • Position: Flanker
  • DOB: 21/07/1986 (age 29)
  • Current Club: Montpellier
  • Honours: France

Montpellier flanker Fulgence Ouedraogo has won 30 caps for Les Bleus and was part of the side that won the IBS Six Nations in 2010, playing four of the five games. During the build-up to the 2011 World Cup Ouedraogo was originally an injury worry. But the back-row came back into the first-team in their victory against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on August 20.

John Taylor

  • Position: Flanker
  • DOB: 21/07/1945 (age 70)
  • Current Club: Retired
  • Previous clubs: Loughborough, London Welsh, London Counties, Surrey
  • Honours: Wales, British Lions

Nicknamed “Basil Brush” due to his wild hair and beard, John Taylor represented Wales 26 times between 1967 and 1973. Taylor played for the British and Irish Lions on the 1971 tour to New Zealand. Taylor was invited on the 1974 Lions tour of South Africa but made it clear he would follow his conscience, due to his aversion of apartheid, and therefore refused to tour.

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