The insane list of players who have retired from international rugby | 2019/20 - Ruck

The insane list of players who have retired from international rugby | 2019/20

Rugby World Cup 2019 was the last hurrah for a host of international rugby greats. Here we highlight the players who have officially called time on their test careers.


Juan Manuel Leguizamon (2005-19), 87 caps. Age: 36

The back-rower was the last member of the Argentina team who won the bronze medal at Rugby World Cup 2007 to stand down from the Test arena. He competed at four Rugby World Cups.

Juan Figallo (2010-19), 33 caps. Age: 31

Los Pumas’ leading tighthead for the last decade appeared in three Rugby World Cups and would have almost certainly have doubled his tally of caps had it not been for a highly successful period overseas with Montpellier and Saracens.



Will Genia (2009-19), 110 caps. Age: 31

An invaluable servant to Australian rugby, Genia became just the 10th Wallaby Test centurion when he ran out against England at Twickenham in 2018, and only the second-ever Australian scrumhalf after George Gregan to earn the honour. 

Sekope Kepu (2008-19), 110 caps. Age: 33

The loosehead holds the Australian record as the most experienced prop, boasting more than 100 caps and playing in three Rugby World Cups.

David Pocock (2008-19), 83 caps. Age: 31

A brilliant breakdown operator who would have surely reached three figures for Test appearances had it not been injuries.


DTH van der Merwe (2006-19), 61 caps. Age: 33

Canada’s record try-scorer with 38 tries – six of them across four Rugby World Cups. Finally fulfilled a dream of playing against South Africa, the country of his birth, in Kobe City in October.