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Born on this day- 31st July

Born on this day- 31st July

Ben Evans

  • Position: Prop
  • DOB: 31/06/1975 (age 40)
  • Current club: Retired
  • Previous Clubs: Neath, Swansea, Cardiff, Cardiff Blues, Sale, Calvisano, GRAN Parma, Jersey, Moseley
  • Honours: Wales

The prop became a cult hero in Wales throughout his career, picking up caps for his country between 1998-2004 and having as many as nine different clubs. The Cardiff-born front-rower, who was renowned for his size and power, is still playing amateur rugby in Australia for Waverly.

Rhys Thomas

  • Position: Prop
  • DOB: 31/06/1982 (age 33)
  • Current club: Retired
  • Previous Clubs: Newport RFC, Scarlets
  • Honours: Wales

Former Wales prop Rhys Thomas announced his retirement from rugby 13 weeks after he dramatically collapsed in front of horrified team-mates at Parc y Scarlets in 2012. Thomas, who won seven Wales caps, immediately underwent a quadruple by-pass as surgeons battled for seven hours to save his life. His heart conditions have recently improved enough for him to be listed for a life-prolonging transplant.