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Didn’t we have a thread for this? Couldn’t find it....

But who would it be?
- Pope John Paul II? Is that even true?
- JFK?
- George Bush?

Did Stalin play?
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John Paul II was a football goalkeeper.

Che Guevara.

Gollum (but he was really shit)
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Idi Amin
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Jonah Lomu.
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Caleb Ralph.
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Richard Burton.
Burton's memoir recalls the last game he ever played, having snuck away from an acting contract that specifically precluded his participation in rugby.

At an away match against a village "whose name is known only to its inhabitants," he describes it as the type of place where "towards the end of the match, you kept your bus ticking over near the touchline in case you won and had to run for your life".

"I wasn't particularly nervous before the match until ... I heard a voice from the other team asking 'Le ma'r blydi film star 'ma?' (here's the bloody film star here?) as we were running on to the field.

"My cover, as they say in spy stories, was already blown and trouble was to be my shadow," he writes. "It was a mistaken game for me to play. I survived it with nothing broken except my spirit, the attitude of the opposition being unquestionably summed up in simple words like 'Never mind the bloody ball, where's the bloody actor?' "

Broadsword calling danny boy.....
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Richard Harris a.k.a Dumbledore
A talented rugby player, Harris played alongside Keith Wood’s father Gordon at Crescent College in Limerick and represented Munster Schools and Munster Under-20s.

He also played for Garryowen and was tipped to play for Ireland, but his hopes of playing professionally were curtailed after he developed tuberculosis as a teenager.
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Ben Roberts-Smith
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With Amin in the front row ...

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... that shirt made a return!

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Spike Milligan - London Irish.
Oliver Reed - Rosslyn Park.
Peter O'Toole - Irish club.
Gordon Brown - (and lost one the sight in one eye) playing rugby.
Dennis Thatcher - in Kent.
President George W. Bush - Yale.
President Bill Clinton -played PROP for Oxford.
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This guy was a fearsome winger on his day.


https://youtu.be/IBt8AoLBCoo
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Javier Bardem
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Druid wrote:Richard Burton.
Burton's memoir recalls the last game he ever played, having snuck away from an acting contract that specifically precluded his participation in rugby.

At an away match against a village "whose name is known only to its inhabitants," he describes it as the type of place where "towards the end of the match, you kept your bus ticking over near the touchline in case you won and had to run for your life".

"I wasn't particularly nervous before the match until ... I heard a voice from the other team asking 'Le ma'r blydi film star 'ma?' (here's the bloody film star here?) as we were running on to the field.

"My cover, as they say in spy stories, was already blown and trouble was to be my shadow," he writes. "It was a mistaken game for me to play. I survived it with nothing broken except my spirit, the attitude of the opposition being unquestionably summed up in simple words like 'Never mind the bloody ball, where's the bloody actor?' "

Broadsword calling danny boy.....
:lol: :lol:

If you could have invite 3 dead men to dinner, you’d do well to make it Burton, O’Toole and Harris.
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towny wrote:
Druid wrote:Richard Burton.
Burton's memoir recalls the last game he ever played, having snuck away from an acting contract that specifically precluded his participation in rugby.

At an away match against a village "whose name is known only to its inhabitants," he describes it as the type of place where "towards the end of the match, you kept your bus ticking over near the touchline in case you won and had to run for your life".

"I wasn't particularly nervous before the match until ... I heard a voice from the other team asking 'Le ma'r blydi film star 'ma?' (here's the bloody film star here?) as we were running on to the field.

"My cover, as they say in spy stories, was already blown and trouble was to be my shadow," he writes. "It was a mistaken game for me to play. I survived it with nothing broken except my spirit, the attitude of the opposition being unquestionably summed up in simple words like 'Never mind the bloody ball, where's the bloody actor?' "

Broadsword calling danny boy.....
:lol: :lol:

If you could have invite 3 dead men to dinner, you’d do well to make it Burton, O’Toole and Harris.

You'd probably be dead afterwards yourself.
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Jacques Chirac played second row and number 8 for Brive and said “rugby is a metaphor for life.”
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towny wrote:
Druid wrote:Richard Burton.
Burton's memoir recalls the last game he ever played, having snuck away from an acting contract that specifically precluded his participation in rugby.

At an away match against a village "whose name is known only to its inhabitants," he describes it as the type of place where "towards the end of the match, you kept your bus ticking over near the touchline in case you won and had to run for your life".

"I wasn't particularly nervous before the match until ... I heard a voice from the other team asking 'Le ma'r blydi film star 'ma?' (here's the bloody film star here?) as we were running on to the field.

"My cover, as they say in spy stories, was already blown and trouble was to be my shadow," he writes. "It was a mistaken game for me to play. I survived it with nothing broken except my spirit, the attitude of the opposition being unquestionably summed up in simple words like 'Never mind the bloody ball, where's the bloody actor?' "

Broadsword calling danny boy.....
:lol: :lol:

If you could have invite 3 dead men to dinner, you’d do well to make it Burton, O’Toole and Harris.

Make it four and invite Oliver Reed.

:)
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Dwayne Johnson.
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Daniel Craig played fly half.
Andre the Giant played up until the age of 16 before starting wrestling. At that age he was 6'6".
Jaques Chirac played second row for Brive's youth team.
Bob Geldof apparently played when he was at Blackrock College - given the way they push players out you wonder who he might have played alongside.
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earl the beaver wrote:Javier Bardem
Daniel Craig

Several Prime Ministers - Ted Heath frequented Stradey every year
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LandOTurk wrote:
earl the beaver wrote:Javier Bardem
Daniel Craig

Several Prime Ministers - Ted Heath frequented Stradey every year
One of the Mitchell boys from Eastenders. Looks like a rugby boy too.
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J.R.R.Tolkein

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I found this fairly interesting.
In a letter to his son, Michael, in 1937, Tolkien recalled his early rugby playing days, stating that he was rejected at first due to his lighter frame, but that he ‘decided to make up for (his) weight by (legitimate) ferocity.’ Tolkien became house captain at the end of his first season and was soon thereafter awarded his colours. The scholar must have been a decent player, as later in life when meeting old classmates, he was surprised to learn that he was primarily remembered for his ‘rugger-prowess’ at school.

Tolkien’s rugby days were not without drama. In the same letter to his son he recalls how he ‘got rather damaged – among things having (his) tongue nearly cut out.’ Some attribute this accident to Tolkien’s reputation later in life as an indistinct lecturer; however, others claim that he had always spoken in such a manner.

Additional references to rugby from Tolkien speak of long-lasting injuries. In another letter to Michael in 1963 he states, ‘I am getting nearly as unbendable as an Ent. My catarrh is always with me (and will be) – it goes back to a nose broken (and neglected) in schoolboy Rugby.’
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Worth adding that Javier Bardem played schoolboy international rugby for Spain - imagine lining up at centre against him and hearing a 'Hello friendo...'

Deadpool played on the wing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v69TrxMDra4
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Does Senaca still post here?

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Short Man Syndrome wrote:Deadpool played on the wing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v69TrxMDra4
You mean he was a spectator then.
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Short Man Syndrome wrote:Worth adding that Javier Bardem played schoolboy international rugby for Spain - imagine lining up at centre against him and hearing a 'Hello friendo...'

Deadpool played on the wing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v69TrxMDra4
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Mog The Almighty wrote:
Short Man Syndrome wrote:Deadpool played on the wing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v69TrxMDra4
You mean he was a spectator then.
Pretty much. What is he, 6'1? And he didn't play in the pack? Pussy!
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Nieghorn wrote:With Amin in the front row ...

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... that shirt made a return!

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Nah man that's just Adriaan Strauss.
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That Tony O'Reilly did something important ;-)
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rfurlong wrote:Richard Harris a.k.a Dumbledore
A talented rugby player, Harris played alongside Keith Wood’s father Gordon at Crescent College in Limerick and represented Munster Schools and Munster Under-20s.

He also played for Garryowen and was tipped to play for Ireland, but his hopes of playing professionally were curtailed after he developed tuberculosis as a teenager.
He'd have been doing well to be playing into his sixties. Don't make em like they used to eh?.....
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Cheating a bit but Joe Naufahu, who was Khal Moro in Game of Thrones, used to play for Leicester and Glasgow.
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1. Nick Frost / Idi Amin
2. Gregg Wallace
3. Chris Farley
4. Jacques Chirac
5. Andre Roussimov
6. Richard Harris
7. Richard Burton
8. Olly Reed
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10. Daniel Craig
11. Ryan Reynolds
12. Javier Bardem
13. Peter O'Toole
14. George W
15. J.R. R. Tolkien 'You shall NOT pass!'

Club socials with Nick 'Can I get any of you cnuts a drink?' Frost, Andre TG, Harris, Burton, Reed and O'Toole?
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Probably not quite in the spirit of the thread, but UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski played rugby league for many years before concentrating on MMA.
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Matt Damon.
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Short Man Syndrome wrote:1. Nick Frost / Idi Amin
2. Gregg Wallace
3. Chris Farley
4. Jacques Chirac
5. Andre Roussimov
6. Richard Harris
7. Richard Burton
8. Olly Reed
9.
10. Daniel Craig
11. Ryan Reynolds
12. Javier Bardem
13. Peter O'Toole
14. George W
15. J.R. R. Tolkien 'You shall NOT pass!'


Club socials with Nick 'Can I get any of you cnuts a drink?' Frost, Andre TG, Harris, Burton, Reed and O'Toole?

So we need an annoying midget who's full of himself to play 9?

Paging Tom Cruise...

Actually, looking at that lineup it's a pretty stereotypical rugby team, isn't it? A forward pack full of wild drinking nutjobs and a backline full of pretty boys.
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I brought this same subject up with some mates the other day ( one of whom is of this parish ) after I watched a documentary on Albert Speer (Hitler's architect) which stated that he played rugby ( 2nd Row ) when at school in Heidelburg.

I also read lately that Nick Knowles ( UK TV presenter ) played quite a bit until fairly recently and was a pretty decent player

I suppose you could add John Inverdale as he used to play for Esher (?) and sometimes turned up on TV sporting a black eye and one time a broken arm ( whether or not you like him, you have to give him credit for that )
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Former World's Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski played a bit of rugby.
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Average Joe wrote:
Nieghorn wrote:With Amin in the front row ...

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... that shirt made a return!

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Nah man that's just Adriaan Strauss.
Looks like he's packing down in street sneakers. :lol:

I guess they're American Football shoes or something ???
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LandOTurk wrote:
LandOTurk wrote:
earl the beaver wrote:Javier Bardem
Daniel Craig

Several Prime Ministers - Ted Heath frequented Stradey every year
One of the Mitchell boys from Eastenders. Looks like a rugby boy too.
I've played against him. He was shit.
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4Bags wrote:I brought this same subject up with some mates the other day ( one of whom is of this parish ) after I watched a documentary on Albert Speer (Hitler's architect) which stated that he played rugby ( 2nd Row ) when at school in Heidelburg.

I also read lately that Nick Knowles ( UK TV presenter ) played quite a bit until fairly recently and was a pretty decent player

I suppose you could add John Inverdale as he used to play for Esher (?) and sometimes turned up on TV sporting a black eye and one time a broken arm ( whether or not you like him, you have to give him credit for that )
Aye to both. Knowles was pretty good.

Matthew pinsent was a reasonable no8
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happyhooker wrote:
4Bags wrote:I brought this same subject up with some mates the other day ( one of whom is of this parish ) after I watched a documentary on Albert Speer (Hitler's architect) which stated that he played rugby ( 2nd Row ) when at school in Heidelburg.

I also read lately that Nick Knowles ( UK TV presenter ) played quite a bit until fairly recently and was a pretty decent player

I suppose you could add John Inverdale as he used to play for Esher (?) and sometimes turned up on TV sporting a black eye and one time a broken arm ( whether or not you like him, you have to give him credit for that )
Aye to both. Knowles was pretty good.

Matthew pinsent was a reasonable no8
If we're talking athletes, Chris Hoy was a pretty good rugby player when he was at school (Watson's College). Basically had to make a choice between cycling and rugby.
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