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Born on this day- 26th October: Healey, Read, Sanchez

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

Austin Healey

DOB: 26/10/1973 (Age 42)
Position: Scrum-Half/Winger/Fly-Half/Fullback
Current Club: Retired
Previous clubs: Orrell, Leicester Tigers
Honours: England, British & Irish Lions

Healey, also known as the Leicester Lip, was a hugely versatile player, gaining international caps for England at scrum-half, fly-half and wing. The utility back, who made 51 caps for the men in white, also represented the British and Irish Lions, winning two test caps. He played his entire professional career for Leicester and had a decisive role in the Tigers winning back-to-back Heineken Cups in 2001 and 2002. He was also was part of the Leicester team that won four consecutive Premiership titles between 1999 and 2002. The rugby legend eventually hung up his boots in 2006 following several damaging injuries. Healey then worked for Credit Suisse and served as an analyst for the BBC and Sky. He also since retiring has taken part in Strictly Come Dancing, making it to the quarter-finals in 2008.


Christian Loader

DOB: 26/10/1973 (Age 42)
Position: Prop
Current Club: Retired
Previous clubs: Pontypridd RFC, Bath Rugby, Bridgend RFC
Honours: Wales

Prop Loader won 19 caps for Wales between 1995 and 1997. He played his domestic rugby for Pontypridd RFC, Bath Rugby and Bridgend RFC before retiring in 2006.


Kieran Read

DOB: 26/10/1985 (Age 30)
Position: Number 8/Flanker
Current Club: Crusaders/ Canterbury
Honours: New Zealand

A dominant player across the field and a master of the role of the modern number 8, Read has put in dominating performances for the All Blacks consistently since making his debut 2008. The powerful back-row, who has to date won 83 caps for the Kiwi’s, has also scored 100 points Test points. He was also was part of the team to hoist the Webb Ellis Cup 2011, which was the first time the All Blacks had won the RWC since 1987. He is now set to play in his second final when New Zealand face Australia on Saturday at Twickenham.


Nicolas Sanchez

DOB: 26/10/1988 (Age 27)
Position: Fly-Half
Current Club: Argentine Super Rugby team
Previous clubs: Pampas XV, Bordeaux, Toulon
Honours: Argentina U19, Argentina U20, Argentina Jaguars, Argentina

Impeccable goalkicker Sanchez was a stalwart figure in the Argentina team that reached the semi-final of the Rugby World Cup in 2015. The fly-half, who initially played his club rugby in France with Bordeaux and Toulon, is now preparing to light up Super Rugby as he joins Argentina’s new franchise, which enters the competition next season.The steely-eyed marksman has won 38 Test caps for the Pumas since making his debut in 2010, scoring a staggering 348 points.