Out of contract in 2019: The best rugby players who will be free agents at the end of the season - Ruck

Out of contract in 2019: The best rugby players who will be free agents at the end of the season

Some of the world’s top players are into the final year of their deals, meaning they could leave at the end of the season – RUCK takes a look at them

1. Manu Tuilagi – Leicester Tigers

Despite being at Leicester for his entire career, it’s looking very unlikely that the England centre will sign a contract extension at Welford Road. It’s been widely reported that he visited the Racing 92 training ground and according to the Mail Online there is a multi-million pound deal on the table.

Manu Tuilagi of England arriving before the Six Nations Championship match, between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium, London , UK, on the 12th March 2016.- Photo mandatory by-line: Dean Lancaster/Pinnacle – Tel +44(0) 1363 881025 – Mobile 0797 1270 681 – VAT Reg No: 183700120 – 12/03/2016 – SPORT – RUGBY – RBS Six Nations Championship – England v Wales, Twickenham Stadium, London, UK.

2. Luther Burrell – Northampton Saints

The Northampton Saints centre, who was infamously left out of the 2015 squad in favour of Sam Burgess, is set to make a sensational switch to Rugby league when his contract expires in the summer. The Rugby Paper has linked him with Warrington Wolves while Rugby Inside Line believe his likely destination is Catalan Dragons.

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 14: Luther Burrell of Northampton looks on during the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 3 match between Northampton Saints and Scarlets at Franklin’s Gardens on November 14, 2015 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

3. Brodie Retallick – Chiefs

He has fended off rumours he is engaged in contract talks with an English club for after this year’s Rugby World Cup. His future is unclear for now.

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – SEPTEMBER 13: Brodie Retallick of the All Blacks carries the ball in a maul during The Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the South Africa Springboks at Westpac Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)