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Born on this day- September 23rd

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


Courtney Meredith

1Courtney-MeredithPosition: Prop
DOB: 23/09/1926 (age 89)
Current club: Retired
Previous clubs: Crynant RFC, Neath RFC
Honours: Wales, British and Irish Lions
Renowned for his brutally powerful scrummaging, prop Meredith formed an all-Welsh front row for the British and Irish Lions along with Billy Williams and Bryn Meredith during the 1955 tour of South Africa. Meredith, who made 14 Caps for Wales and four the Lions, also played for invitational club the Barbarians while playing his club rugby for Neath.


Eric Miller

Position: Number8
DOB: 23/09/1975 (age 40)
Current club: Retired
Previous clubs: Loughborough Students, Old Wesley, Leicester Tigers, Terenure,
Honours: Ireland, British and Irish Lions, Barbarians
The Number 8 had a distinguished professional career that included 48 senior caps for Ireland between 1995 and 2007 as well as 148 appearances for Leinster. Miller was selected by British and Irish Lions for their 1997 tour of South Africa and the forward, who aged 21 was the youngest member of the squad, would play in five games during the tour as well as one Test.


Fabio Ongaro

Position: Hooker
DOB: 23/09/1977 (age 38)
Current club: Retired
Previous clubs: Rugby Casale, Treviso, Saracens, Aironi
Honours: Italy
Hooker Fabio Ongaro made his Test debut for Italy against Canada in 2000 and went on to represent the Azzurri 81 times up until 2012. Ongaro, who Captained the side during the Six Nations in 2004, played his last international against Scotland in March 2012 before subsequently hanging his boots up for good.


Finn Russell

Position: Fly-half
DOB: 23/09/1992 (age 38)
Current club: Glasgow Warriors
Honours: Scotland U20, Scotland


Jeff Squire

Position: Flanker/Number 8
DOB: 23/09/1951 (age 64)
Current club: Retired
Previous clubs: Cross Keys RFC, Exeter Chiefs, Newbridge RFC, Newport RFC, Pontypool RFC, Monmouthshire
Honours: Wales, British and Irish Lions
One of Wales most likable but toughest Lions forwards as he took part in three successive tours in 1977, 1980 and 1983, winning six Test Caps as he stood toe-to-toe with the Springboks and the All Blacks. The forward, who made 29 appearances for Wales, was part of the Welsh side that won the Grand Slam in 1978, playing and beating England, Scotland, Ireland and France.


Morgan Stoddart

Position: Fullback/Wing
DOB: 23/09/1984 (age 31)
Current club: Retired
Previous clubs: Scarlets
Honours: Wales
Former Wales and Scarlets back Morgan Stoddart was forced to retire with immediate effect aged 28 in 2013 after failing to recover from a broken leg. Stoddart suffered the injury while winning his eighth cap for Wales in a pre-World Cup game against England at Twickenham in August 2011. He did initially return for Scarlets, but problems slowly resurfaced and for the sake of his health he hung up his boots.


Tito Tebaldi

Position: Scrum-half
DOB: 23/09/1987 (age 28)
Current club: Harlequins
Previous clubs: Gran Parma, Aironi, Zebre, Ospreys
Honours: Italy
Establishing himself as one of the top young players in Italy he received his first call-up to represent the Azzurri in 2009 aged 22, making his debut versus Australia. Tebaldi, who has won 20 caps for Italy, left his native country to join Ospreys in 2013 before subsequently joining Premiership Harlequins the following year.


Zurab Zhvania

Position: Prop
DOB: 23/09/1991 (age 24)
Current club: Stade Francais
Honours: Georgia
The Georgian prop made his international debut for Georgia against Spain in 2013 during the European Nations Cup. Zhvania, who has made 18 caps for his country, plays his domestic rugby for French side Stade Francais in the Top 14 competition. The try-scoring forward was ruled out of contention for the Rugby World Cup 2015 after damaging his elbow in a warm-up match against the Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park.


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