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Last Updated: Friday, 7 September 2007, 14:55 GMT 15:55 UK

World Cup veterans
Mike Catt (left), Brian Lima (centre), Gareth Thomas (right)
Rugby is a game for all shapes and sizes - and ages if the body is still willing and able.

There's always young bucks coming up to smash down, run around and generally humiliate the old stagers but to paraphrase, a good old 'un can be more valuable than a good young 'un.

Some players counter their physical decline with a mental sharpness honed through years of experience. Others have looked after themselves to the extent that age is no barrier.

The following eight golden oldies have coaxed their limbs through at least three World Cups, and in the case of Samoa's Brian Lima, four.



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