Former England captain Lewis Moody and South Africa wing Bryan Habana turn 35 and 30 respectively today. Happy birthday to both of you!
Name: Lewis Moody
Date of Birth: June 12, 1978, Ascot, Berkshire, England
Career start: 1996
Education: Oakham School, De Montfort University
In 1996 Moody became the youngest Leicester Tiger to play a league game at 18 years and 94 days, a record now surpassed by Ben Youngs. Moody played in both of Tigers' European Cup wins in 2001 and 2002. He was injured for much of the 2008/2009 season, which was his Testimonial season at Leicester and featured in both the Heineken Cup final and the Premiership win. The Tigers won the 2009/10 Premiership, beating Saracens in the final and in 2010 Moody moved to Premiership rivals Bath.
He made his England debut against Canada on June 2, 2001. He was part of England's World Cup winning squad in Australia in 2003. Moody was a tourist with the British and Irish Lions in 2005, playing in two Tests of the tour to New Zealand. He played at the 2007 World Cup and captained England in 2010 and at the 2011 World Cup. He retired from internationals at the end of the 2011 World Cup and from all forms of the game in 2012.
Name: Bryan Habana
Date of Birth: June 12, 1983, Johannesburg, South Africa
Career start: 2004
Education: King Edward VIII School
Bryan Habana is one of the finest wings South Africa has ever produced and a real danger with ball in hand. He started his career at the Golden Lions in 2004 before moving to the Blue Bulls the following year where he won three Super Rugby titles.
Habana cemented his place among rugby's elite with a series of outstanding displays during South Africa's 2007 Rugby World Cup success when he equalled Jonah Lomu's record of scoring eight tries during one tournament.
Currently with the Stormers, whom he joined in 2010, Habana is regarded as one of the fastest players in the game, and has run the 100metres in 10.2 seconds. The 2007 IRB Player of the Year, Habana is regarded as one of the game's best finishers having taken the Springboks' all-time try-scoring record during the 2011 World Cup. He will join Toulon at the end of this Super Rugby season.
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