Romania’s Mihai Lazar

Mihaita Alexandru Lazar was born on November 3 1986 in Iasi and is one of the most important players for Romania.  Lazar scrums down in the front row for his national team and will be a vital cog for the eastern Europeans at the Rugby World Cup in England.  Lazar made his debut for his country against Czech Republic in a 76-7 win in 2008 in Bucharest.
He scored his first and only try against Scotland at the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand.  His exploits at the same World Cup were applauded with accolades in the Kiwi press.  He has made a total of 44 Test appearances as at 27 August and has become known as a menacing scrummager.
Lazar started out for local side Poli Lasi in 2005 and has represented Bucuresti Wolves in his home country too before he was snapped up by French Top 14 club Castres Olympique in 2012.  Lazar helped Castres win the Top 14 in 2013.  He will be looking to run out on 23 September at the Olympic Stadium when Romania begins it World Cup campaign against France.