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Born on this day– 5th October: Warburton, Pape, Danaher

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


Phil Danaher

Position: Fullback/Centre
DOB: 05/10/1965 (Age 50)
Current Club: Retired
Previous Clubs: Munster
Honours: Ireland
The former Ireland international won 28 caps for the men in green between 1988 and 1995, captaining the team three times, which included the 1992 tour of New Zealand. He retired in 1996 following a severe thumb injury but would later assistant coach on Ireland’s tours to South Africa in 1998 and Australia in 1999. He now owns a McDonalds franchise in Limerick.


Roy Laidlaw

Position: Scrum-half
DOB: 05/10/1953 (Age 62)
Current Club: Retired
Previous Clubs: Jed-Forest RFC
Honours: Scotland, British Lions
Laidlaw was capped 47 times, as a scrum half, for Scotland between 1980–1988, while also winning four Test caps for the British Lions in New Zealand in 1983. He scored two tries on the tour and even captained the Lions team twice, in the victories over West Coast and Wairarapa Bush. He played all of his domestic rugby with Jed-Forest RFC, who were in the Scottish Second Division at the time. He is the uncle of current Scotland Captain and scrum-half Greig Laidlaw.


Gwyn Jones

Position: Flanker
DOB: 05/10/1972 (Age 43)
Current Club: Retired
Previous Clubs: Cardiff Medicals RFC, Cardiff RFC
Honours: Wales
The former Wales Captain and flanker won 13 senior caps for the men in red, five of which were as skipper. The back-row would have played a lot more for his country if his career had not been cut short with him having to retired aged 25 following an accident in a match. For five days following the incident, he was unable to move from the chest down even though X-rays showed his spinal cord to be severely compressed rather than broken. He never played again, but after an operation and extensive rehabilitation, which included learning to stand and walk again. He would recover sufficiently to develop a career as a rugby critic in both English and Welsh-language television while also returning to his career as a doctor in Cardiff.


Pascal Pape

Position: Lock
DOB: 05/10/1980 (Age 35)
Current Club: Stade Francais
Previous Clubs: Bourgoin, Castres
Honours: France
Powerful prop Pape is one of the veterans of this year’s Rugby World Cup as the 35-year-old continues to be an imposing presence for France in the second-row. The lock has won 63 Test Caps since making his debut for Les Bleus over a decade ago in 2004, which has seen him play in the 2004 and 2007 World Cups. He played the majority of his club career with Bourgoin between 1998 and 2006 before joining Stade Francais in 2007 following a short spell with Castres.


Sam Warburton

Position: Flanker
DOB: 05/10/1988 (Age 27)
Current Club: Cardiff Blues
Previous Clubs: Glamorgan Wanderers
Honours: Wales U18, Wales U19, Wales U20, Wales, British and Irish Lions

Wales talismanic Captain Warburton led his country to the grand slam during the Six Nations in 2012 before retaining their title a year later. The flanker, who has won 60 Test Caps for Wales while also starting two games for the British Lions (both as Captain), is one of the stars of world rugby today. This reputation was established after he emerged as a world-class talent for Wales with him putting in consistantly imposing performances for Wales over the year’s.


 

 

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