Born on this day- 26th August - Ruck

Born on this day- 26th August

Ray Barkwill

Position: Hooker

DOB: 26/08/1980 (age 35)

Current club: Ontario Blues

Previous clubs: University of Western Australia, Western Force

Honours: Canada, Canada A

Canadian international Ray Barkwill has made 17 appearances for the Canucks since making his debut in 2012 against Samoa. The hooker with the shaved head and beard was sporting 13 staples atop his scalp during the Pacific Nations Cup last month but is expected to be available for the upcoming World Cup.


Sebastien Bruno

Position: Hooker

DOB: 26/08/1974 (age 41)

Current club: Retired

Previous clubs: AS Beziers, Pau, Sale Shark, Toulon

Honours: France

Making his Test debut in 2002 hooker Sebastien Bruno went on to accumulate 26 appearances for France before he subsequently hung up his international boots in 2008. Despite his sometimes inaccurate line-out throwing, he was considered as one of the toughest scrummaging hookers at international level. He is now the forward’s coach at Lyon, who were relegated from France’s Top 14 last season.


Tom Coolican

Position: Hooker

DOB: 26/08/1988 (age 27)

Current club: Sydney Stars

Previous clubs: Sydney University, Eastern Suburbs, Waratahs A, Richmond

Honours: United States

Australian-born hooker Tom Coolican plays his international rugby for The USA after making his debut in 2014. After completing law school, Coolican moved to New York to study a Masters of Sports Law at the St John’s School of Law while simultaneously playing for New York Athletic Club. After playing a role during The Eagles qualification for the World Cup, meaning there is a good chance he will be part of their final 31-man squad.


Jason Little

Position: Centre

DOB: 26/08/1970 (age 45)

Current club: Retired

Previous clubs: Queensland Reds, New South Wales Waratahs, Gloucester, Bristol

Honours: United States

Battling Jason Little was fondly remembered for his time in the Australia shirt for his resilience and drive to succeed. The centre won the Rugby World Cups in both 1991 and 1999 and also helped the Wallabies to the Tri-Nations title in 2000. In 1993, he threw an interception pass to Joel Stransky during a hard-fought Test against the Springboks in Brisbane, recovering his composure to score two tries in a fantastic comeback victory. In total, he made 75 Test caps for the Wallabies, scoring 102 points. After hanging up his boots, he undertook a course in Land Management at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester.


Jean-Luc Sadourny

Position: Fullback

DOB: 26/08/1966 (age 49)

Current club: Retired

Previous clubs: US Colomiers

Honours: France

Jean-Luc Sadourny’s international career spanned a decade between 1991 and 2001, with the fullback making 71 Test caps, scoring 86 points for Les Bleus. In 2010, Sadourny opened his own restaurant, the Sadourny Café, in Colomiers after a few years of coaching.