The smell of liniment oil and the thrill of almost being cut in two by a hungover flanker would appear to be quite the draw for ex-pros as there have been a few turning out after retiring down the years.
These four members of England’s 2003 World Cup-winning squad still enjoy pulling on their boots, whether it be for a vets team or helping other professionals on a one-to-one basis.
#1. Will Greenwood
The Sky Sports pundit, who also operates as a backs coach for Maidenhead RFC, loves to get his boots out of the cupboard whenever the opportunity presents itself. As well as playing in charity matches, he has also played a handful of games for Olney Vets.
DID YOU KNOW? In April 2018, he walked to the North Pole in memory of his son Freddie, who was born at 23 weeks, and helped raise over £750,000 for Borne’s research