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    Posted: 27 Apr 2017 at 16:22
Prompted by another thread getting dragged off topic by a discussion about players who have gone on long past the average retirement age still playing to a decent level and showing few signs of the body letting them down, names in the hat for an Old Stagers XV please!

In the first instance, I'll say that the criteria are to be playing regular rugby aged 40 or over at level 4 or higher. The higher the level and older the player the better. Not that many names that spring readily to mind. Here goes:

2 Graham Dawe - playing for Albion in his late forties if not early fifties. Apparently still able to show players many years his junior up in the weights room.

4 - Paul Tupai - still banging bodies for Bedford at 42.

9 - Dave Scully - played professionally until he was 45.

14 - John Bentley - played regularly for Cleckheaton at level 4 aged 40. Pretty impressive for a winger. 

Can anyone else throw any names that fit my criteria into the ring? The more I think about it, the more I think that they may need to be relaxed.
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9 - Chris O'Toole - Played a full season for Preston Grasshoppers aged 40+ at level 4. Sadly no longer with us.

1 - Dave Chadwick - Regular in the front row for Preston Grasshoppers at level 4 aged 40+. A fell running prop in the off-season.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Willy Mclintosh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Apr 2017 at 17:27
Dave Scully played a couple of full games for Sandal in National 2 North last year at 51 years old !
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote paddym Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Apr 2017 at 17:48
Eddie Fraher -40 years old, played in nearly every game for LIWG this season in Nat 2S
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Shaun Gallagher played for birkenhead park when they were nat 3 at 50+
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rabbie Burns Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Apr 2017 at 19:29
Albert Patrick played for Blackheath several time well into his 50s in emergencies at level 3 first time around
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote islander Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Apr 2017 at 21:12
Kris Chesney somewhere at 4/5/6...

If relaxing the criteria about regularity, what about Dave Hilton Mose Fwds Coach?

Neil Dickinson, Wharfedale prop, 42 when Jersey played there & entered pitch as a sub with 17-y-o from visitors...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote kingsheathlad Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Apr 2017 at 21:34
Originally posted by islander islander wrote:

Kris Chesney somewhere at 4/5/6...

If relaxing the criteria about regularity, what about Dave Hilton Mose Fwds Coach?

Neil Dickinson, Wharfedale prop, 42 when Jersey played there & entered pitch as a sub with 17-y-o from visitors...

Dave Hilton no longer with us but I recall he came on as a sub a few seasons back and got a few scrum penalties in our favour.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mark W-J Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Apr 2017 at 21:56
Originally posted by Rabbie Burns Rabbie Burns wrote:

Albert Patrick played for Blackheath several time well into his 50s in emergencies at level 3 first time around

Albert played about 60 mins (aged 50, I believe) in a cup game at ODP against a former Wales international and Oxford Blue, Ian Buckett.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Halliford Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Apr 2017 at 10:30
Ampthill have a selection of golden oldies:

Ma'ama Molitika 42, Kevin Barrett 40, Aleki Lutui 38 and Piano Hehea 38 all still playing, Vili Ma'asi had to retire at 38, the young whippersnapper!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote RedOrDead Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Apr 2017 at 14:48
Thanks for the contributions one and all, I'll add those the meet my criteria to the list in the first post when I get a chance and keep the others on the back burner.

Not surprising that there's a lot of props' names being thrown out there, Mark Manton of Albion and latterly Taunton is another to throw into the mix. Maybe we could use number of bottles of port Huckleberryly Pear in one sitting as a tie breaker!
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If you need a midfielder, Andy Hodgson of Wharfedale made several appearances in 1st half of current season aged 40
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Sjacko79 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Apr 2017 at 22:07
Joe Hindle came out of retirement in a front row crisis several years ago. Must have been mid 40's
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote OldNick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Apr 2017 at 22:29
Dave Addleton, longtime hooker and then forwards coach, at Coventry, and now coach at Rugby Lions, came on from the bench this season at 52.
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