Golden Oldies! The Ultimate Starting XV of Players Aged 35+ in World Rugby

Dan Carter, Adam Jones and Peter Stringer all feature in our 35 and over all-star XV.
Here is the best starting XV of 35-year-old’s + in rugby…

Fullback: Isa Nacewa – Leinster, 35

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Originally retiring in 2013, the utility back returned to Leinster in 2015, initially signing a one-year-deal with the Irish province before penning a two-year extension, which means his deal ends at the end of the current season. A strong leader, powerful runner and quality kicker means he’s well worth his spot in this XV.

Winger: Vincent Clerc – Toulon, 36

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Traditionally a young mans position, Les Bleus legend Clerc is still hugging the touchline for three-time European champions Toulon. The speedster is France’s second top all-time try-scorer with 34 scores in 64 Test caps with only legendary Serge Blanco ahead of him. He is a great try-scorer who can also assist other players with his eye for a pass.

Centre: Gavin Henson – Dragons, 35

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Wales’ double Grand Slam winner Gavin Henson joined the Dragons from Bristol in the summer on a two-year contract. Henson won the last of his 33 Wales caps against England in 2011 and also played one Test for the British and Irish Lions in 2005. A wonderful talent, his creativity and bit of class make him a welcome addition to the Golden Oldies midfield.

Centre: Juan Martin Hernandez – Jaguares, 35

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Known to his many fans as “El Mago”, or “the magician”, the versatile Argentinean back has dazzled opponents the world over with his pace and arsenal of kicking skills. At 35, he’s still playing for Jaguares in Argentina after succesful spells with both Toulon and Racing 92.

Winger: David Lemi – Bristol, 35

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Weighing 75 kg and only 1.75m tall, he is one of the smaller professional rugby players. However, his electric pace and low centre of gravity have ensured the Samoan has remained a mainstay of British rugby for 12 years. The Bristol legend has also won 51 caps for his country, scoring 13 tries.