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Born on this day- 23rd July

Steve Fenwick

  • Position: Back
  • DOB: 23/07/1951 (age 64)
  • Current Club: Retired
  • Previous Clubs: Taffs Well RFC, Beddau RFC, Bridgeland RFC, Barbarian RFC
  • Honours: Wales, British Lions, Barbarians, World XV

Direct and hard-running in his play, Steve Fenwick’s consistency in the Welsh midfield allowed him to become a legend for his country, scoring 152 points in just 20 appearances for Wales. He also captained Wales in the Centenary game against the All Blacks in 1980 before later that year playing for a World XV against Argentina in Buenos Aires, losing 36-22. In August 1981 Fenwick switched from rugby union to professional rugby league before retiring shortly after. Fenwick, a former teacher, then set up in business with a former Wales and Lions player Tom David, another player who had turned to league.

Clyde Rathbone

  • Position: Centre
  • DOB: 23/07/1981 (age 34)
  • Current Club: Retired
  • Previous Clubs: Sharks, Brumbies
  • Honours: South Africa U21, Australia

South African-born Rathbone, who has had a chequered playing career punctuated by serious injuries, called a day on his career at the end of 2014 Super Rugby season. He opted to play his Test rugby for the Wallabies in 2004, which resulted in Rathbone being heavily criticised in much of the South African press. However, he would score a hat-trick of tries against England the only his second appearance for the Aussies. Despite possessing immense talent, due to injuries, he would only make 26 appearances for Australia, scoring eight tries.

David Strettle

  • Position: Centre/Wing
  • DOB: 23/07/1983 (age 32)
  • Current Club: Clermont Auvergne
  • Previous Clubs: Rotherham Titans, Harlequins, Saracens
  • Honours: South Africa U21, Australia

A back blessed with electric pace and quick feet, David Strettle began his rugby life with Lymm before being picked up by Rotherham Titans, where he would go onto make his name before a move to Harlequins. He made his Test debut for England in February 2007 against Ireland at Croke Park, scoring a try in a heavy defeat. Having not featured for head coach Stuart Lancaster’s side since the tour of Argentina in 2013 Strettle, who won the Premiership title with Saracens in 2014, shocked the world when he pulled out of England’s pre-World Cup training camp in order to get his family settled ahead of his move to Top 14 side Clermont next season.