Nine rugby stars who are retiring this summer: Best, Fofana, Haskell…

England, Ireland and Australia men are among some of the rugby stars around the world retiring at the end of the 2018-19 campaign.

1. Rory Best

Ulster and Ireland captain Best announced that he will retire from professional rugby after Rugby World Cup 2019 in April. The 36-year-old hooker, who boasts 117 Test caps and has led Ireland to their only two victories over New Zealand, confirmed the news in a statement.

2. Wesley Fofana 

The 31-year-old has made 45 France appearances, scoring 15 tries, but played only once for Les Bleus in 2017 and 2018 after a succession of injury problems. He’s set to hang up his boots at the end of the season unless he gets a recall for the Rugby World Cup.

3. James Haskell 

The 34-year-old, who has won 77 caps and played in the past two World Cups, has struggled with ankle and toe problems with Northampton this season.