Retired players: The best XV of aces to hang up their boots this season

Fly-half: FREDERIC MICHALAK

He will retire at the end of Europe’s domestic season after saying his body has told him to stop. France’s all-time leading points scorer with 436 points from 77 international caps played at three World Cups and won three Six Nations Grand Slams in 2002, 2004 and 2010.


Scrum-half: PAUL MARSHALL 

The 32-year old has made 204 appearances for Ulster in a glittering career, scoring 24 tries, while he was also capped three times for Ireland, the last of which came in 2013.


Prop: ROB VICKERS

Vickers, 36, has played 260 times for Falcons, helping them reach the end-of-season Premiership play-offs for the first time in their history. He has spent his entire professional career at Kingston Park and was given a testimonial in September.


Hooker: DAVID PAICE 

The Australia-born hooker, who won the first of eight England international caps in 2008, is to bow out 15 years on from joining the Irish academy. After making his Irish debut in 2003, he has since made 288 appearances for the club – more than any other Exiles player in the professional era.


Prop: ADAM JONES

The Wales legend will conclude an 18-year career at Harlequins with 95 international caps to his name and three Grand Slam titles. The next step in Jones’ career will see him join the forwards coaching staff at the Twickenham Stoop where he will assist Graham Rowntree.

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