1995: Joe Roff – Australia (aged 19)
Australia’s Joe Roff was Mr Dependable – rock solid in everything he did and reliable. He was called up to the Wallabies squad aged 19 in 1995, scoring on his debut in a World Cup group match against Canada, before going on to lift the Webb Ellis trophy in 1999. He also played a key role in the 2001 series victory over the British and Irish Lions, scoring twice in the crucial second Test which proved to be the turning point of the tour.
1999: Fa’atonu Fili – Samoa (aged 18)
An odd career. The teenager didn’t play a part for Samoa in 1999 but did get on the pitch four years later. After years of obscurity he played rugby for Wellington Lions in the Air New Zealand Cup in 2009, becoming first choicfly-halflf and earning a brief recall for Samoa. He continued this late revival in his career, again playing for Wellington in 2010. He then later joined the Kandy Sports Club in the Sri Lankan Domestic Rugby Season in 2013.