Born on this day- 26th July - Ruck

Born on this day- 26th July

Born on this day- 26th July

Paul Marshall

  • Position: Scrum-half
  • DOB: 26/07/1985 (age 30)
  • Current Club: Ulster
  • Honours: Emerging Ireland, Wolfhounds, Ireland

Following years in the academy ranks at Ulster, Paul Marshall made his breakthrough to the first XV during the 2011/12 season and was later named Most Improved Player for the campaign at the annual Awards Dinner. The energetic scrum-half’s’ good form earned him a spot on the international team with him making three caps thus far. Marshall signed a new three-year contract in October 2013 that will keep him at Ulster until the summer of 2017.

Kees Meeuws

  • Position: Prop
  • DOB: 26/07/1985 (age 30)
  • Current Club: Retired
  • Previous clubs: Castres, Agen, Scarlets, Auckland, Otago, Highlanders, Blues
  • Honours: New Zealand

Standing 1.83 metres and weighing around 119 kg Meeuws had the ideal build for a prop but also had great athleticism for his size. He made his international debut for the All Blacks against Australia in Sydney in August 1998 and made 45 All Black appearances (42 tests) in total up until his last in August 2004. As a player he won the Super 12 with the Blues in 2003, the NPC with Otago in 1998 and Auckland in both 2002 and 2003.

Tatafu Polota-Nau

  • Position: Hooker
  • DOB: 26/07/1985 (age 30)
  • Current Club: Warahtahs
  • Honours: Australia Schoolboys, Australia

Identified as one of the Wallabies hottest prospects from an early age Polota-Nau made his international debut before he had even played in a Super Rugby match in 2005. The former IRB U21 Player of the Year went on to forge a strong career with the NSW Waratahs after signing for them in 2006, while maintaining his regular presence in Australia squads. The hooker, of Tongan heritage, has a fearsome game built on his strong physical attributes, and knows on occasion how to find the try-line.

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