The 2014 Retirement XV

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As the 2013/14 season has drawn to a close in the Northern Hemisphere we take a look at some of the more notable retirements from the game and make a ‘Reitrement XV’ to send them off in style;

15. Dan Parks

Never quite a fan favourite with Scotland, but nobody can deny that he did a solid job during a difficult time for Scottish rugby.

14. Romain Teulet

More traditionally deployed at full back, however Teulet’s kicking prowess has been recognised by the national side as he joins them as a kicking coach.

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13. Brian O’Driscoll

Never have so many rugby supporting grown men cried as when BOD finally announced his retirement earlier this season, a true great of the game!

12. Mike Tindall

Tindall has been a solid player for both club and country over the years and will be sorely missed on the playing field after a stellar career.

11. Hugo Southwell

Southwell seems to have been playing the game forever but has now decided to hang up his boots after an excellent season with Wasps.

10. Jonny Wilkinson

It’s almost as if Wilko and BOD plotted to both leave the game at the same time in order to send rugby fans around the globe into mourning.

9. Dimitiri Yachvilli

Yachvilli may have gone out on a sour note after failing to help Biarritz maintain their Top 14 status but this should not detract from what a great player he has been for club and country.

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1. Kisi Pulu

Pulu is another player to retire on a disappointing note after suffering relegation with Perpignan this season, despite this the Tongan prop has been solid for club and country.

2. Sébastien Bruno

The French hooker has done phenomenally well to get to the age of 39 and retire on his own terms in such an attritional position in rugby.

3. Duncan Bell

He may never have been quite there for England but Bell has been a solid team player for both Bath and The Dragons over the years.

4. Steve Borthwick

Borthwick may forever regret losing two finals in two weeks at the end of his career but that should not take away from a magnificent career.

5. Leo Cullen

Cullen may not have had the iconic image of O’Dirscoll over the years but that’s not to say he hasn’t been an important player for Leinster and Ireland.

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6. Declan Danaher

The influential London Irish flanker Danaher finally decided to call it a day in order to take up a coaching role with the club he’s served with such distinction.

7. Stephen Ferris

Ferris is yet another name added to the increasing pile of players who have had to retire from rugby in their prime, he will be a big loss to Ulster.

8. Sébastien Chabal

Chabal has become one of the most iconic rugby players over the years with his caveman like appearance whilst also achieving plenty on the pitch.

Whose retirement do you think will be the biggest blow to club (& country)?

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