There’s nothing worse than seeing a talented player’s career fizzle out.
Whether that’s down to injury, their own mentality, or sheer bad luck, we’ve seen it happen all too often.
As exciting as it can be to watch youngsters rising to prominence, even the likes of Marcus Smith should be treated with caution.
It’s simply impossible to predict how any rugby stars career trajectory will pan out long-term.
One England fan begged the question on Reddit of which player’s “unfulfilled potential” was most upsetting and it’s certainly got fans reminiscing about what might have been.
The names didn’t seem to stop with hundreds of fans weighing in with the most frustrating cases in recent memory.
We’ve picked out a few of the best.
#1 Rupeni Caucaunibuca – Fiji
The magical Fijian wing who scored tries of wonder for fun but couldn’t alas really cope with life away from his Pacific paradise. Built like a prop but with 10.4 100m speed and the balance of a tightrope walker he could blast his way through, absolutely kill you for pace on the outside or tiptoe delicately along the touchline.