Dan Cole reveals he 'hasn't got many games left' as retirement nears - Ruck

Dan Cole reveals he ‘hasn’t got many games left’ as retirement nears

England rugby stalwart Dan Cole has been given the green light by his wife Isobel to prolong his tenure in the national team following the 2019 World Cup.

Contemplating hanging up his boots in the wake of teammates such as Courtney Lawes, Jonny May, and Ben Youngs departing the international scene, Cole, 36, has found a new lease of life on the pitch, thanks in no small part to the guidance of coach Steve Borthwick.

 He said, “My wife is very understanding that I haven’t got many games left. It was a joint decision.

 “She understands that with Steve and the coaches that she knows from Leicester, it is a very good team environment and place to be. I won’t be doing it forever, so enjoy it.

When people wondered if this Six Nations might be his last, Cole shared: “I haven’t made up my mind. I haven’t thought about it so far, we’ll see how it goes.

 “After the World Cup I thought about everything really. I had a conversation with Steve and he said to me after Courtney had announced his retirement at a press conference ‘are you planning any press conferences or announcements?'”

Dan Carter’s toughest opponents:

#6. Thierry Dusautoir (France)

Renowned French rugby player, Thierry Dusautoir, is celebrated for his formidable skills as a flanker and his leadership on the field. Captaining both club and country, he’s earned respect for his tenacity and strategic prowess.

CARTER SAID: “He had some blinding games in big moments — none more so than in the 2007 and 2011 World Cup games against the All Blacks.”

DID YOU KNOW? He broke the record for most tackles in a match, making 38 tackles against the All Blacks in the 2007 World Cup final