A Dream XV Made Up Of Players Retiring This Season

Calling it a day.

The amount of players already retired or set to retire this season is absolutely incredible. Not a year goes by without a rugby legend retiring, but the class of 2018 is something truly special.

Legendary Springbok Bryan Habana, three-time Lions tourist Jamie Heaslip, three-time Grand Slam winner Adam Jones, two-time Rugby World Cup winner Conrad Smith – the list goes on.

Some have decided to call it at day after glittering careers – others like Wallabies and Northampton centre Rob Horne have brutally had their careers take away from them.

Here’s our 2018 ‘Retirement XV’.

15. Isa Nacewa
Arguably Ireland’s greatest ever import, the Leinster veteran has reached legendary status with the Irish province. Has won pretty much everything at club level, including three European titles, with a potential fourth still to come before he finishes up.

14. Tommy Bowe
At one point, probably the best winger in world rugby. A Grand Slam winner and two-time Lions tourist, Bowe was the complete winger. Pace, power and an eye for the try-line.

13. Conrad Smith
A key member of the All Blacks’ midfield for over a decade, amassing 94 caps. And one of their most important players for both Rugby World Cup triumphs in 2011 and 2015.

12. Rob Horne
A former Super Rugby winner who played over 100 times for the Waratahs. Capped 34 times by Australia, he had become a key member of Northampton’s squad until his career was brutally snatched away from him this season.

11. Bryan Habana.
The fastest man we’ve ever seen on a rugby pitch, Habana is one of the all-time greats. Has over 100 Test caps for the Springboks and has won pretty much everything you can win in rugby, including a World Cup, Super Rugby title and European Cup. Also tied Jonah Lomu’s RWC try-scoring record of 15 at the 2015 tournament.

10. Juan Martín Hernández
The man they call ‘El Mago’ was one of the most gifted players to have ever graced a rugby pitch. Has 74 caps for the Pumas, and played for the likes of Racing 92, Toulon and the Jaguares.

9. Paul Marshall
The Ulster stall worth is set to call it a day at the end of the season, after 12 years with the northern province, and over 200 games.

1. Wyatt Crockett
71 Tests for the All Blacks – lost just three of them. Enough said.

2. Schalk Brits
One of the most dynamic and entertaining hookers in world rugby. Two European titles with Saracens, three Premierships and 10 caps for the Springboks.

3. Adam Jones
Two Lions tours, three Grand Slams. One of the best tightheads rugby has ever seen. End of.

4. Donncha O’Callaghan
Munster’s most capped player, O’Callaghan has a couple of Lions tours under his belt, a Grand Slam and two European Cups among others. A legend by all accounts.

5. Christian Day
Two Premiership titles and two Challenges cups in a decade long stint with Northampton.

6. Tom Croft
A blindside that could move like a centre. 40 caps for England, 5 Lions Tests. A phenomenal athlete.

7. Sam Jones
Highly-rated openside that many felt could solved England’s problems at seven for years to come. Suffered a freak injury while practising judo on an England training camp forcing retirement at just 26.

8. Jamie Heaslip
Mr. Reliable. Heaslip has seen, done and won it all in a phenomenal career. Multiple Lions tours, multiple European cups, multiple Six Nations titles – a truly remarkable career.

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