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…

15.Lee Byrne

The Wales and Lions full back will be fondly remembered after a successful career for club & country.

14.Mark Cueto

The former England man will be forever remembered for that nearly try in the 2007 World Cup final.

13.Gordon D’Arcy

Often overshadowed by his midfield partner BOD, D’Arcy has still played a key role for Ireland in recent years.

12.Anthony Allen

Allen’s career has been cut short by injury. Never quite made it on the international stage, but a solid club player.

11.Ugo Monye

A one club legend, who made his mark on both the club and international stage – looks set to be a great pundit.


10.Chris Bell

Another player whose career has been cut cruelly short after injuries plagued him in recent years.

9.Mauro Bergamasco

Maybe scrum half wasn’t his best position, but he is the only retiree in this position of any kind of note.

8.Brad Thorn

A complete legend of the game, has won virtually every major honour in both league and union.

7.Andries Pretorious

A key player in recent years for Cardiff, Pertorious will be fondly remembered in Worcester as well.

6.Ali Williams

The former All Black made a big impression in Toulon alongside Bakkies Botha.


5.Nathan Hines

A hugely successful career that never looked like ending, Hines will be a big loss to Sale.

4.Bakkies Botha

One of the games all time great enforcers, Botha has been a rock for the Springboks and Toulon.

3.Carl Hayman

Another All Blacks legend calling time on an impressive career, Toulon will struggle to replace him.

2.Dougie Hall

May not have had much international recognition in recent years, but Hall was still a great player for Scotland.

1.Maximilliano Bustos

The Argentine didn’t feature much for Los Pumas, but was a key figure for Montpellier during recent seasons.