Born on this day- September 11th - Ruck

Born on this day- September 11th

Hugo Porta

Position: Fly-half
DOB: 11/09/1951 (age 64)
Current club: Retired
Previous clubs: Banco Nacion
Honours: Argentina
Inspirational Argentina leader Hugo Porta is the greatest player in the Pumas history and was arguably during the heights of his playing days also the best fly-half on the planet. His superlative kicking skills were credited with being one of the main reasons why Argentina has emerged as a power in World Rugby.

He made his international debut in 1971, which was the start of a Test career that spanned almost 20 year’s in which he amassed 530 points for the Pumas during 57 outings.

He has received many awards, including ‘Best Rugby Player in the World’ in 1985 and has since gone on to be inducted into the Rugby hall of fame. He then became a founding member of the Laureus World Sports Academy in 2000 and is currently President of the Laureus Foundation in Argentina.

Tom Rees

Position: Fullback
DOB: 11/09/1984 (age 31)
Current club: Retired
Previous clubs: London Wasps
Honours: England
Flanker Tom Rees won 15 caps for his country and was in the frame for the England captaincy before being forced to cut his rugby career short due to injury aged 27 in March 2012. The former London Wasps’ favourite and Skipper has since gone on to take up a voluntary role as an ambassador for the Wasps Academy. Rees is also forging a successful new career in medicine since hanging up his boots.

Kevin Tkachuk

Position: Prop
DOB: 11/09/1976 (age 39)
Current club: Retired
Previous clubs: Pertemps Bees, Glasgow Warriors
Honours: Canada
Retired Canadian prop Kevin Tkachuk despite being colour blind had a hugely successful international career. He made his Canada debut in 2000 before winning 34 caps for his country over the next decade, 5 of which were as Captain. The former international prop, who was noted for his strength, mobility and commitment, joined Glasgow from Pertemps Bees in 2004 and made a big impact in his first season at Hughenden. He would go on to become a club favourite, making 152 appearances for the Warriors up until his retirement in 2011. The multi-sport man is also a former wrestler, gridiron player and speed skater.

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