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Born on this day – 29th August

Kieran Brookes

Position: Prop

DOB: 29/08/1990 (age 25)

Current club: Northampton Saints

Previous clubs: Fylde RFC, Newcastle Falcons, Leicester Tigers, Doncaster Knights (loan)

Honours: Ireland U18, Ireland U19, Ireland U20, England U20, England Saxons, England

Bulldozing prop Kieran Brookes originally lined up for Ireland in age grade rugby before eventually committing his international future to England, the country of his birth. He has been selected by Stuart Lancaster to be part of England’s final 31-man squad the World Cup in 2015, where he will look to add to his 11 Test caps to date. After a second spell with Newcastle Falcons Brookes will be joining Northampton following the conclusion of the upcoming World Cup.

 

Emyr Lewis

Position: Number 8

DOB: 29/08/1968 (age 47)

Current club: Retired

Previous clubs: Carmarthen Athletic RFC, Llanelli RFC, Cardiff RFC

Honours: Wales

Former Wales Captain Emyr Lewis represented his country between 1991 and 1996, attaining 41 Test caps, scoring three tries. After the Number 8 retired from rugby, Lewis has found work as a salesman for various photocopying companies. Lewis also commentates for the BBC and S4C broadcasting companies.

 

Mike Phillips

Position: Scrum-half

DOB: 29/08/1982 (age 33)

Current club: Racing Metro

Previous clubs: Llanelli Scarlets, Cardiff Blues, Ospreys, Bayonne

Honours: Wales, British and Irish Lion

An aggressive, powerful scrum-half, Mike Phillips has enjoyed a great international career, which started when he made a try-scoring debut for Wales against Romania in 2003. He represented Wales at the 2007 and 2011 World Cup’s as well as being an essential part of the British and Irish Lions squad in 2009 and 2013. Warren Gatland nevertheless cut Philips from the Wales squad for the Rugby World Cup in 2015 in early August due to him favouring players who play their rugby in Wales rather than abroad.