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18 incredible rugby players who retired this year

It’s almost enough to fill a squad for the greatest charity match ever.

IT WAS A year when we clapped some incredible players off the field one last time.

Some went after a long illustrious career, but some went long before their time. We salute these 18.

Stephen Ferris

Stephen Ferris Source: Presseye/Matt Mackey/INPHO

Niall Ronan

Aled Walters and Niall Ronan Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Maggie Alphonsi

Rugby Union - IRB Women's World Cup - Day One - Pool B - England v Ireland - Surrey Sports Park Source: Andrew Matthews

Dan Parks

Dan Parks leaves the field after his final home game Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Mike Tindall

Rugby Union - Mike Tindall Filer Source: David Davies

Johann Muller

Johann Muller says farewell to the fans at Ravenhill Source: Presseye/Darren Kidd/INPHO

Fiona Coghlan

Fiona Coghlan celebrates with her family Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Leo Cullen…

…and the other fella.

Leo Cullen and Brian O'Driscoll celebrates after the game Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Craig Clarke

Craig Clarke Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Dimitri Yachvili

France Rugby Six Nations Source: AP/Press Association Images

Steve Borthwick

Rugby Union - Aviva Premiership Grand Final - Saracens v Northampton Saints - Twickenham Source: Joe Giddens

Lynne Cantwell

Lynne Cantwell and Philip Doyle Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Paddy Wallace

Sebastian Chabal

France Tennis French Open Source: Michel Spingler

Andrew Sheridan

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup England Source: Alastair Grant

Jonny Wilkinson

France Top 14 Final Rugby Source: Jacques Brinon

Gavin Duffy

MunsterÕs Paul O'Connell with Gavin Duffy radio Source: Inpho/Billy Stickland

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