This year is likely to see the biggest exodus of players from the Southern Hemisphere in some time, here are the best of those leaving…

15.Jesse Mogg

The Brumbies full back is heading to France to join up with ex-coach Jake White at Montpellier after just a handful of appearances for the Wallabies.

14.Adam Ashley-Cooper

The Wallabies stalwart will still be available for international selection, but is another heading to France after the World Cup.

13.Conrad Smith

It shows the financial clout of French rugby that Pay, a team in the second tier, were able to sign World Cup winner Conrad Smith.

12.Ma’a Nonu

Nonu will join All Blacks midfield partner Smith in France after the World Cup having agreed terms with Toulon.

11.Charles Piutau

Piutau is a huge coup for Ulster given he is part of the All Blacks set up, and still some ways off retirement.


10.Dan Carter

Carter is set to become the best paid player in the world when he links up with Racing Metro in the French capital next season.

9.Will Genia

The Wallabies scrum half is heading to Stade Francais after backing out on a deal with England Premiership side Bath.

8.Duane Vermeulen

Vermeulen looks set to leave South Africa the World Cup with Toulon or Bath cited as his most likely destinations.

7.Luke Braid

Where it not for Richie McCaw, Braid would likely have had many more All Blacks caps, as it is Bordeaux have one hell of a signing.

6.Scott Higginbotham

The Rebels back rower is set to head for a lucrative stint in Japan as he puts his Wallabies career on hold next season.


5.James Horwill

The former Wallaby captain is heading to the English Premiership to link up with Harlequins as they look for some second row experience.

4.Manuel Carizza

The experienced Los Pumas lock has decided to move on from his time in South Africa as he links up with Racing Metro.

3.Jannie du Plessis

The du Plessia brothers have confirmed they are to leave South Africa after the World Cup, and look set to join Montpellier.

2.Bismarck du Plessis

Like his brother Jannie, Bismarck looks set to hook up with Jake White in Montpellier along with a number of high profile recruits.

1.Sekope Kepu

The Wallabies prop is another Super Rugby star heading to France after the World Cup as he joins AAC at Bordeaux.