LIST | Five rugby players who peaked far too early

Which rugby players were top-class talents in their youth but spent their twilight years struggling to maintain their legacy?

1. Matthew Tait

Despite becoming an England international aged 19 and being a World Cup finalist in 2007, Tait’s test career came to a conclusion in 2010 after 34 caps. Still only 24 at the time, another injury ruled him out of the 2011 Rugby World Cup. He has since become a mainstay of the Leicester Tigers backline but has never really come close to earning an England recall.


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