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Born on this day- 28th October: Bevan, Itoje, Parling

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John Bevan
DOB: 28/10/1950 (Age 65)
Position: Wing
Current Club: Retired
Previous clubs: Tylorstown RFC, Cardiff RFC
Honours: Wales, British Lions, Barbarians

The former Wales, Barbarians and Lions rugby union player made his Test debut on 16 January 1971 during the Five Nations Championship when Wales played England. Bevan, who earned the nickname “The Ox”, went on to win 15 caps during his short-lived international career for the men in red while also touring Australia and New Zealand with the British Lions.

He then raised a few eyebrows when he left for Warrington to play rugby league in 1973 for the then massive signing on fee of £12,000. The convert would then go on to represent Wales and Great Britain before retiring in 1983.


Alafoti Fa’osiliva
DOB: 28/10/1985 (Age 30)
Position: Flanker
Current Club: Bath
Previous clubs: Toulon, Bristol
Honours: Samoa, Samoa Sevens

After forging a career as a talented Sevens players for Samoa, the back-row only began playing 15s in 2011 when he joined Toulon. After just one year, he signed for Bristol but it wasn’t long before Fao’siliva was on the move again, joining Bath Rugby in the Aviva Premiership for the 2013/14 season. The flanker has made 15 Test caps for Samoa, which includes making two appearances at the Rugby World Cup in 2015.


James Hudson
DOB: 28/10/1981 (Age 34)
Position: Lock
Current Club: Gloucester
Previous clubs: Bath, London Irish, Newcastle Falcons
Honours: England Saxons

Standing at 6ft 7in, Hudson began his career at Bath Rugby in 2003 before joining London Irish in 2006. The second-row then joined the Newcastle Falcons for the 2009–10 season establishing himself as a consistent starter. As a result of this Hudson was nominated as club captain for the 2010-2011 season, which he continued to do until the North East club were relegated at the end of the 2012/13 season. It was then announced he’d be joining Gloucester, where he still plays until this day.


Maro Itoje

DOB: 28/10/1994 (Age 21)
Position: Lock/Flanker
Current Club: Retired
Previous clubs: Saracens
Honours: England U18, England U19, England U20, England Saxons

Although only 21, Itoje has already collected Premiership and Junior World Cup winner’s medals . The latest prize being secured through Saracens’ 28-16 victory over Bath at Twickenham to become English champions. He also previously had scored a try in every U20 Six Nations game in 2014 and was England’s Man of the Tournament. The second-rows potential in the game is unlimited at this point after he Skippered the Sarries for the first time, aged 20, in their opening match of the 2015/16 Premiership season against Sale Sharks.


Marc Lièvremont
DOB: 28/10/1985 (Age 30)
Position: Flanker/Coach
Current Club: Retired
Previous clubs: ES Catalane, Perpignan, Stade Francais, Biarritz Olympique
Honours: France

Lièvremont, who coached the French national team between 2007 and 2011, is also a former France international, making 25 Test caps for Les Bleus during a four-year period between 1995 and 1999. Throughout his playing career, the back-row played for ES Catalane, Perpignan, Stade Francais and Biarritz Olympique over a 28-year period between 1974 and 2002. He then launched his coaching career with France U21 before taking control of Dax and the France national team, which included guiding Les Bleus to the Rugby World Cup final in 2011.


Geoff Parling
DOB: 28/10/1985 (Age 30)
Position: Lock
Current Club: Exeter Chiefs
Previous clubs: Newcastle Falcons, Leicester Tigers
Honours: England Saxons, England, British and Irish Lions

A graduate of Newcastle University, Parling signed with the Falcons in 2005. The lock skippered Newcastle a season later but left the northeast side for Leicester in 2009.

He then made his Test debut finally in 2012 against Scotland during the Six Nations. He has since gone on to represent the men in white at the Rugby World Cup in 2015 and in total so far has won 29 Caps, scoring one try. The experienced second-row then joined Exeter Chiefs ahead of the 2015/16 Premiership season.


 

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