In a surprising turn of events, Mako Vunipola, the 32-year-old prop, has declared an end to his international career.
The seasoned player made a formidable impact, boasting an impressive record of 71 appearances for England and earning 9 caps with the British and Irish Lions.
He wrote on Instagram: “It’s been an honour to have represented my country but all good things must come to an end. The time has come to step away now. There have been lots of highs and lows.
“Would love to thank everyone who have helped me along the way 🙏🏾
“To my wife @alex_vunipola thank you for taking care of our family and all your support. Words don’t do it justice.
“To my parents I’m eternally grateful for all you have sacrificed for me to be here. Malo aupito and Ofa atu
“God is good”
Reacting to his retirement, Ellis Genge wrote: “What a unreal career it was makdaddy, second best looking loosehead Englands ever had x”
Ben Youngs added: “Unbelievable shift mate one of the best to do it. Now you can take it easy my frieennnddd…. Absolute legend “
George Kruis commented: “Fair play pal, great shift.. even if you’ve aged like a terrible wine”
Jason Robinson said: “Huge congrats mate!!”
Bryan Habana wrote: “Congrats on a great career”
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#5. Joe Marler (England)
Joe Marler facts:
- Marler started his career at Haywards Heath RFC in Sussex where he played in the same side as fellow England international Billy Twelvetrees
- After joining the Quins academy in 2008, the prop spent some time on loan to Esher and Worthing
- He’s been nicknamed Croissant. In his own words, it’s because: “The boys think I have a nose that looks like a French pastry.”
- Marler was captain for England at U18s level and represented the U20 squad throughout the Junior World Championship in summer 2009
- He is also one of the hosts of The Joe Marler Show podcast with Tom Fordyce