5 England stars heading overseas after the Rugby World Cup - Ruck

5 England stars heading overseas after the Rugby World Cup

Following the Rugby World Cup, several England internationals have made the decision to pursue their rugby careers abroad, making them ineligible to represent the national side.

Jack Willis, who recently signed a new deal to stay with Toulouse, isn’t included on the list due to already being based in France following the collapse of Wasps earlier this season.

Check out the full list below.

#1. David Ribbans to Toulon

Ribbans spent most of his rugby development at South African side Western Province.

Born in Somerset West in South Africa, his development saw him named Western Province’s young forward of the year in 2016 as well as being included in the Stormers Super Rugby squad that year.

He went onto join Northampton Saints in 2017 and his progress at Franklin’s Gardens saw the English-qualified second row receive a first senior call-up to a training squad in October 2020.


On making his exit, Ribbans said: “This was not an easy decision for me to make,

“I’m extremely grateful to the club’s supporters for embracing me as they have in my time here, and to the coaches and support staff for everything they have done to improve me as a player.

“I’ll be sad to leave some great friends and teammates, but I’ll be giving everything I’ve got to make sure we finish the season as strongly as possible.”