Paul O'Connell and 20 Rugby Veterans Still Playing at the Highest Level

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Paul O'Connell and 20 Rugby Veterans Still Playing at the Highest Level
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At 34 years of age, Paul O'Connell boasts one of the most decorated careers of any rugby professional still playing at the highest level of the sport.

A three-time British and Irish Lion boasting two Six Nations championships and two Heineken Cup crowns, with Ireland and Munster respectively, the lock has done tremendously well to prolong such heady standards into his twilight years.

But O'Connell is far from alone, and here we've compiled a list of those more seasoned individuals still managing to teach the younger generation a lesson, despite being a little over that daunting age barrier of 30.

For clarity, precedence has been given to those players still playing among the world's biggest competitions, such as the Heineken Cup and Super Rugby competitions, and it also helps if a player is still involved with the national team.

For the most part, a minimum age of 33 has been applied, but there are some exceptions considering age isn't the only factor in making a veteran, with prominence at the elite level for so many years also justifying inclusion.

Feel free to make some of your own suggestions in the forum below.

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