2015 has already seen a host of stars announce their retirement from the game due to age and injuries, here are the best of them…
The Wales and Lions full back will be fondly remembered after a successful career for club & country.
The former England man will be forever remembered for that nearly try in the 2007 World Cup final.
Often overshadowed by his midfield partner BOD, D’Arcy has still played a key role for Ireland in recent years.
Allen’s career has been cut short by injury. Never quite made it on the international stage, but a solid club player.
A one club legend, who made his mark on both the club and international stage – looks set to be a great pundit.
Another player whose career has been cut cruelly short after injuries plagued him in recent years.
Maybe scrum half wasn’t his best position, but he is the only retiree in this position of any kind of note.
A complete legend of the game, has won virtually every major honour in both league and union.
A key player in recent years for Cardiff, Pertorious will be fondly remembered in Worcester as well.
The former All Black made a big impression in Toulon alongside Bakkies Botha.
A hugely successful career that never looked like ending, Hines will be a big loss to Sale.
One of the games all time great enforcers, Botha has been a rock for the Springboks and Toulon.
Another All Blacks legend calling time on an impressive career, Toulon will struggle to replace him.
May not have had much international recognition in recent years, but Hall was still a great player for Scotland.
The Argentine didn’t feature much for Los Pumas, but was a key figure for Montpellier during recent seasons.