With the aftermath of the most exhilarating Rugby World Cup of all time and the close of the year 2011, ThePapare.com looks at the game changing players who have after years of enthralling throngs of fans around the world, opted to hang up their boots. Many of these players have been a part of very successful sides and have served their countries to their fullest.

The Australian Rugby team has won a total of two Rugby world cup titles with their latest one coming in 1999 under the captaincy of John Eales. The Wallabies will look to make amends for last year’s early exit where they lost to eventual runners up England.

Maanu Samoa vying for upset :

ThePapare.com was indeed privileged to catch up with legendary All black John Kirwan who is in Sri Lanka as coach of the Japanese rugby team which will be playing Sri Lanka on Saturday.

The year 2011 seems to be a muddled year for the players, administrators and fans of rugby. The controversies have hit the ceiling and the season has not even commenced. At the beginning of the year the Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Association was at cross-roads with their format in the ‘A’ division.