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Rugby World Cup centurions

The 2015 Rugby World Cup is now just 100 days away.

Here, Press Association Sport selects six centurions in their own right, household names who are members of rugby union's elite 100-plus Test caps club.

They are all set to be part of this year's global spectacular which kicks off at Twickenham on September 18.

RICHIE MCCAW (New Zealand)

Position: Flanker.

Age: 34.

Caps: 137.

Test debut: v Ireland (2001).

World Cups: 3 (2003, 2007, 2011).

Form: Reached a century of caps as New Zealand skipper last autumn and continues to maintain the highest standards as the All Blacks count down to what could be a record third world title.


Position: Lock.

Age: 35.

Caps: 101.

Test debut: v Wales (2002).

World Cups: 3 (2003, 2007, 2011).

Form: Led Ireland to RBS 6 Nations title glory this year, and he is now gearing towards his final international campaign before retiring from Test rugby after the World Cup. Central figure in any team he represents.

BRYAN HABANA (South Africa)

Position: Wing.

Age: 31.

Caps: 106

Test debut: v England (2004)

World Cups: 2 (2007, 2011).

Form: Has continued clocking up the tries for European champions Toulon, and he will again be South Africa's main strike weapon when the Springboks chase World Cup glory, having last lifted the Webb Ellis Trophy in 2007.


Position: Prop.

Age: 34.

Caps: 114.

Test debut: v Romania (2002).

World Cups: 3 (2003, 2007, 2011).

Form: Has had his share of injuries in recent seasons, but he is still Wales' premier loosehead prop who combines technical expertise with a blistering work-rate around the pitch.


Position: Number eight.

Age: 31.

Caps: 112.

Test debut: v New Zealand (2002).

World Cups: 3 (2003, 2007, 2011).

Form: The Itay skipper has driven Stade Francais into this season's French Top 14 final - they play Clermont Auvergne on Saturday - and he continues to perform at a level that few players can match.


Position: Wing/centre.

Age: 31.

Caps: 104.

Test debut: v South Africa (2005).

World Cups: 2 (2007, 2011).

Form: A key part of the Sydney-based Waratahs' bid to retain the Super Rugby title this season, Ashley-Cooper continues to be a handful for opposition defences through his game-breaking ability and try-scoring prowess.


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