With a changing of the guard ongoing, these former England stars are set to bring their international careers to a close by making moves overseas if transfer reports are to be believed.
The RFU brought in a rules in 2011 that any player who chooses to play their rugby outside of the Premiership will be unable to pull on the white jersey – and they are yet to budge from that stance despite significant pressure to do so.
No longer playing for England, which can see players make over £20,000 per match, means a considerable drop and income, making a big money move overseas all of sudden more tempting.
Let’s take a look at five players who’ve been linked with moved away.
#1. Billy & Mako Vunipola
The Saracens and England forwards have on more than one previous occasion dismissed similar suggestions – but nonetheless the rumours persist.
French sports newspaper Midi Olympique wrote: “Two of the best-known internationals still playing could be making an imminent departure to France.Embed from Getty Images
“Mako and Billy Vunipola are coming to the end of their contracts with Saracens and are ignored by Eddie Jones.
“Their CVs have recently been submitted to Top 14 clubs and some contacts may already have been made.
“The name Vunipola comes up repeatedly at Bordeaux Bègles. Billy Vunipola matches the profile sought to succeed Louis Picamoles and become the new spearhead of the Girondin (an area around Bordeaux) pack.”