England v South Africa

With an average age of over 36, here are the 10 oldest players set to compete in the 2015 Rugby World Cup…

10.Mike Ross – 35

The Irish prop will be competing in only his second World Cup having been involved in 2011 as well.

9.Danut Dumbrava – 35

With 72 caps to his name, the Romanian fly half brings bags of experience to his side.

8.Francisco Bulanti – 35

The Argentinian winger has a meagre 23 caps to his name, but bring experience to a rather youthful Los Pumas side.


7.Ovidiu Tonita – 35

Another experienced Romanian, back rower Tonita is also a veteran of the Top 14.

6.Hale T-Pole – 36

The Tongan back rower has spent much of his time playing provincial rugby in New Zealand.

5.Mauro Bergamasco – 36

The Italian flanker still remains a key figure for the Azzurri.

4.Matekitonga Moeakiola – 37

USA prop Moeakiola made his debut at the 2007 World Cup and has since claimed 31 caps.


3.Aleki Lutui – 37

Tongan hooker Lutui has played in every major league around the world apart from the Top 14.

2.Hitoshi Ono – 37

Ono is just six caps short of a century in the second row for Japan.

1.Victor Matfield – 38

The Springbok lock has already made 123 appearances for South Africa having retired once before.