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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:56 am 
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Signed for Bristol next year. Still in great form.

Hopefully this means McMahon to the Reds next year is on.


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How old is he now? must be approaching 40 (just checked, will be 39 next year)!

And this must be his 19th year of pro rugby. Blimey


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And he is still playing very well.


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MAD DOG IS COMING HOME LADS!


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:17 am 
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What the oldest age someone has played top level rugby at?

Brad Thorn was 40 when he finished with Leicester (older with Qld Country but thats not top level)
Andrew Merhrtens was 37 in top level French rugby, 40 in Pro D2


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:59 am 
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What the oldest age someone has played top level rugby at?

Brad Thorn was 40 when he finished with Leicester (older with Qld Country but thats not top level)
Andrew Merhrtens was 37 in top level French rugby, 40 in Pro D2


Radike Samo? He would have been 40, 41 when he finished up.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:00 am 
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Peter Stringer had an AP pro contract at 40, although think his last game was at 39


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:41 am 
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Rougerie finished this year at 37

pro from 1999 to 2018 at same club


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:52 am 
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Yeah but lads, Smith is a proper fetching 7 (main point) who has outlasted all his contemporaries, some of whom were all-time greats (other point). His achievement is monumental.


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Sensible Stephen wrote:
What the oldest age someone has played top level rugby at?

Brad Thorn was 40 when he finished with Leicester (older with Qld Country but thats not top level)
Andrew Merhrtens was 37 in top level French rugby, 40 in Pro D2



Tony "Slaggy" Miller represented Australia at the age of 38 years and 113 days. He played club rugby for a number of years after that, his last appearance for Manly was at the age of 47.


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Victor Matfield played (started) his last test for the Springboks at 38 years and 172 days. Played his last match for Northampton 4 days before his 39th birthday


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Someone played for the all blacks aged 42 in 1921. Can't recall his name.

Edit: ned Hughes 40 years 123 days.


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I was reading yesterday when he was at wasps he used to spend hours reviewing A league games with the young backrows and giving them extra 1v1 coaching. Seems like a genuine top bloke.


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Must be a bugger not being able to get a proper job








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His brain must resemble cream cheese at this stage.


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Filise was 2 weeks off 41st birthday when he started the Challenge Cup final last month


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If we are talking pro rugby recently, Paul Tupai retired at the end of this season with Bedford at 43


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His brain must resemble cream cheese at this stage.


They won’t notice in Bristol.


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DragsterDriver wrote:
I was reading yesterday when he was at wasps he used to spend hours reviewing A league games with the young backrows and giving them extra 1v1 coaching. Seems like a genuine top bloke.


Hoping that if he's happy to be back in the UK, there's any chance to get him on some sort of coaching role for Wasps.


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I was reading yesterday when he was at wasps he used to spend hours reviewing A league games with the young backrows and giving them extra 1v1 coaching. Seems like a genuine top bloke.


Hoping that if he's happy to be back in the UK, there's any chance to get him on some sort of coaching role for Wasps.


Willis spent a lot of time with him, and he was pretty good this season.


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How old was Graham Dawe when he retired?


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How old was Graham Dawe when he retired?

Think he’s measured in rings like an oak tree? Supposed to be a lovely guy but beyond hard in the scrum.


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How old was Graham Dawe when he retired?

Played in the Championship for Plymouth at 50
Think he subsequently played for Launceston when he left though can’t be sure


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DragsterDriver wrote:
c69 wrote:
How old was Graham Dawe when he retired?

Think he’s measured in rings like an oak tree? Supposed to be a lovely guy but beyond hard in the scrum.

Lovely guy, but hard as teak. Thank god it was only a charity game.


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Farva wrote:
Sensible Stephen wrote:
What the oldest age someone has played top level rugby at?

Brad Thorn was 40 when he finished with Leicester (older with Qld Country but thats not top level)
Andrew Merhrtens was 37 in top level French rugby, 40 in Pro D2


Radike Samo? He would have been 40, 41 when he finished up.


Tau Filise just finished up at 41 by winning his second European challenge cup with Cardiff. Well over 250 appearances with us over 12 years and two decades as a pro. Two world cups with Tonga, too.

The Rugby Paper reported Filise as the oldest player ever to be awarded a new professional contract.

https://youtu.be/w4YaE5xu5JU


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happyhooker wrote:
DragsterDriver wrote:
c69 wrote:
How old was Graham Dawe when he retired?

Think he’s measured in rings like an oak tree? Supposed to be a lovely guy but beyond hard in the scrum.

Lovely guy, but hard as teak. Thank god it was only a charity game.


'Raise money for HH's back support' :lol:

I know Lutui and Molitika are still playing at ampthill and must be 40?


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Had a look at wiiki and Smith has 385 pro games over his career. Cant be too many anywhere near that total


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Had a look at wiiki and Smith has 385 pro games over his career. Cant be too many anywhere near that total

I think we had this thread before and Parisse was the highest people could find. 292 caps for Stade + 64 for Treviso + 134 for Italy = 490 pro games.


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God damn legend. Undisputed GOAT #7 of all time.


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Had a look at wiiki and Smith has 385 pro games over his career. Cant be too many anywhere near that total

He's also a freak in durability. I dunno what his secret is, but he just never gets injured. We all know guys that seem to be constantly injured, he's the exact opposite to that.

I'm pretty sure a while back, he had a streak of a few years (or more) where he played every single minute of every single game he was selected for, club, super and test. Pretty insane when you consider it.


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dont care what anyone else thinks but for me the GOAT in that position.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:42 am 
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Mog The Almighty wrote:
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Had a look at wiiki and Smith has 385 pro games over his career. Cant be too many anywhere near that total

He's also a freak in durability. I dunno what his secret is, but he just never gets injured. We all know guys that seem to be constantly injured, he's the exact opposite to that.

I'm pretty sure a while back, he had a streak of a few years (or more) where he played every single minute of every single game he was selected for, club, super and test. Pretty insane when you consider it.

Doesn’t over train apparently.


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Mog The Almighty wrote:
HighKingLeinster wrote:
Had a look at wiiki and Smith has 385 pro games over his career. Cant be too many anywhere near that total

He's also a freak in durability. I dunno what his secret is, but he just never gets injured. We all know guys that seem to be constantly injured, he's the exact opposite to that.

I'm pretty sure a while back, he had a streak of a few years (or more) where he played every single minute of every single game he was selected for, club, super and test. Pretty insane when you consider it.


He just missed half the season through injury.


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So what? He's incredibly durable nonetheless. I didn't say he is impervious to bullets and has never been injured in his life, even when pushing 40 still playing top level rugby. Just that's he a freak when it comes to that.

I think you would seriously struggle to find anyone else that even comes close to him on that level. Maybe Serge Betsen who also played at the top level towards his early 40s and was remarkably durable.

I could drop a few "big names" that seem to miss half a season through injury every single season and then retire at 30.
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Diego Ormaechea was born in Montevideo, Uruguay. He was introduced to rugby as a fifteen-year-old in 1976, and played for over two decades.[1] He played most of his career at Carrasco Polo Club, winning the national championship thirteen times.

He also holds the national record for Uruguay, with 73 caps and 16 tries scored, 79 points in aggregate, during 20 years, from 1979 to 1999.

Ormaechea, aged 40 years old, was also the oldest player ever at the Rugby World Cup finals, in 1999, being the captain in his country first ever presence at the event. He scored a try in the 27-15 win over Spain.

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Mog The Almighty wrote:
I dunno what his secret is, but he just never gets injured


Mog The Almighty wrote:
I didn't say he ....... has never been injured


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Bindi wrote:
Mog The Almighty wrote:
I dunno what his secret is, but he just never gets injured


Mog The Almighty wrote:
I didn't say he ....... has never been injured

Oh do f-ck off you nit-picking twat. :thumbdown:


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Bindi wrote:
Mog The Almighty wrote:
I dunno what his secret is, but he just never gets injured


Mog The Almighty wrote:
I didn't say he ....... has never been injured

:lol: pwned


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Mog, there's examples posted on this thread of people who've played more games of top level rugby for longer. Smith is/was a fúcking brilliant player, he doesn't need your hyperbole.


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HighKingLeinster wrote:
Bindi wrote:
Mog The Almighty wrote:
I dunno what his secret is, but he just never gets injured


Mog The Almighty wrote:
I didn't say he ....... has never been injured

:lol: pwned

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F-ck me, really? x(

It's just an a needy forum-nerd totally ignoring the obvious point and instead purposefully taking obvious hyperbole literally in order to score points on an anonymous Internet forum. Congratulations. I'm sure it's the highlight of his
week. I'm not impressed. Glad you are though.



Diego wrote:
Mog, there's examples posted on this thread of people who've played more games of top level rugby for longer. Smith is/was a fúcking brilliant player, he doesn't need your hyperbole.

That guy from Uruguay? FFS.

This could only be a point to nit-pick and argue about in this madhouse.

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George Smith is remarkably durable and has had an incredibly long, injury-free career.

Fact and go f-ck yourselves.


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