Born on this day- 3rd August - Ruck

Born on this day- 3rd August

Sonny Bill Williams

  • Position: Centre
  • DOB: 03/08/1985 (age 30)
  • Current club: Chiefs
  • Previous Clubs: Toulon, Canterbury, Crusaders, Panasonic, Counties Manukau
  • Honours: New Zealand

One of the stars of the modern game, Sonny Bill Williams, has achieved numerous amazing things in his sporting career. He has been a dual international and a national and international champion across different sports including rugby, league and boxing. He made his All Black debut in 2010 at Twickenham and went on to be a World Cup winner with New Zealand in 2011 and is expected to be a star once again at the upcoming 2015 competition.

Frano Botica

  • Position: Centre
  • DOB: 03/08/1963 (age 52)
  • Current club: Retired
  • Previous Clubs: North Shore, Chiefs
  • Honours: New Zealand, Croatia

Cross-code star Frano Botica represented New Zealand 37 times between 1986 and 1989 before making his move to League. However, when rugby union became openly professional, Botica returned to the 15-a-side code to play for Llanelli in Wales and then in France. And in the late 1990s he played for Croatia in a World Cup qualifying match.

Julian Huxley

  • Position: Fullback
  • DOB: 03/08/1979 (age 36)
  • Current club: Retired
  • Previous Clubs: ACT Brumbies, Red, Brumbies, Rebels
  • Honours: Australia

After making his Super 12 bow with the Reds in 2003, Julian Huxley made his Wallabies debut four years later in 2007 against Wales following some impressive displays. He had gone on to play in nine Tests including three at the Rugby World Cup before he got diagnosed with a brain tumour in March 2008. Subsequent to surgery and radiation therapy to rid him of the tumour Huxley made his fairy-tale return to rugby in 2010 at the age of 30 before hanging up his boots two years later in 2012.

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