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Meet the rugby players

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Jonny Wilkinson

91 test caps for England
Scored 1179 points for England
Played in 4 RWCs (1999, 2003, 2007, 2011), Winner in 2003 and finalist in 2007

England rugby hero Jonny Wilkinson is the highest scoring England rugby player with 1179 points through his gifted career. Wilkinson rose to global fame in during RWC 2003, when his consistent kicking throughout the tournament, and drop goal in the closing moments of the RWC final, helped his team take home rugby’s greatest prize. During his professional career, Wilkinson played with the Newcastle Falcons and Toulon.

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Thierry Dusautoir

80 test caps for France
Played in 3 RWCs (2007, 2011 2015), finalist in 2011

Thierry Dusautoir debuted for the French national team in 2006, and at RWC 2007 played a starring role in France’s victory over tournament favorites New Zealand. In 2011, he scored France’s only try in the 2011 RWC final against New Zealand and was later named the 2011 World Rugby Player of the Year. Dusautoir played club rugby for French teams Bordeaux-Bègles, US Colomiers, and Biarritz.

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Matt Giteau

108 test caps for Australia
Scored 698 points for Australia
Played in 3 RWCs (2003, 2007, 2015), finalist in 2003 and 2015

After debuting for the Australian Wallabies in 2002, Giteau has represented Australia 108 times and scored an impressive 689 points. He was part of the Australian squad for RWC 2003, 2007 and 2015, and helped his team to the finals in 2003 and 2015. During his professional career, he has played for the Brumbies (AUS), Western Force (AUS), and Toulon (FRA), and is now a utility back for the Japan-based Suntory Sungoliath.

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Ayumu Goromaru

56 test caps for Japan
Scored 708 points for Japan
Played in 1 RWC (2015)

Having played a pivotal role in Japan's historic victory over South Africa at RWC 2015, Ayumu Goromaru has become one of the most famous professional rugby players in Japan. He is a member of the Yamaha Jubilo Top League team in Japan, and previously played at fullback for French team Toulon from 2016 to 2017 and for the Queensland Reds in Australia in 2016. He was named at full‐back in the Rugby World Cup 2015 Dream‐Team. 

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Toshiaki Hirose

28 test caps for Japan (2007, 2012-2015)
Member of the Japan squad for RWC 2015

After a brief appearance for the Brave Blossoms in 2007, it was not until 2012 that Toshiaki Hirose really made his mark on the international rugby scene, when he was reselected for the national squad and chosen as captain for the 2012 and 2013 seasons under head coach Eddie Jones. Hirose played his domestic rugby with Japan Rugby Top League team Toshiba Brave Lupus from 2004 to 2016, and is currently the team’s BKs coach.