The List Of Rugby Players Who Have Retired This Season Is Absolutely Insane


As another season sails by and comes to a close, another batch of your favourite rugby players have hung up their boots.

But 2018 is a year like no other, with some of the greatest names to have ever played the game, calling it a day for a variety of reasons. Some bowed out on their own terms, others didn’t.

Isa Nacewa left Leinster as a double champion in his final season, while teammate Jamie Heaslip cruelly had his career taken away from him as a result of a serious back injury.

Other top names retired include the likes of Rugby World Cup winner Bryan Habana, and British and Irish Lions legends Tommy Bowe, Adam Jones and Donncha O’Callaghan.

Here’s the full list.

Adam Jones (Harlequins)
Jamie Heaslip (Leinster)
Vincent Clerc (Toulon)
Bryan Habana (Toulon)
Richardt Strauss (Leinster)
Isa Nacewa (Leinster)
John Muldoon (Connacht)
Wyatt Crockett (Crusaders)
Schalk Brits (Saracens)
Freddie Michalak (Lyon)
Donncha O’Callaghan (Worcester)
Christian Day (Northampton)
Tom Croft (Leicester)
Sam Jones (Wasps)
Eli Walker (Ospreys)
Paul Marshall (Ulster)
Juan Martin Hernandez (Argentina)
Tommy Bowe (Ulster)
Rob Horne (Northampton)
Conrad Smith (Pau)
Aurélien Rougerie (Clermont)
Luke McAlister (Clermont)
Peter Stringer (Worcester)
Jared Payne (Ulster)
Andrew Trimble (Ulster)

Have we missed anyone? Let us know in the comments.