From before the World Cup until it ended with South Africa champion, many retreats of great figures that will not continue wearing the shirt of their countries were confirmed. It is very likely that a few months from now some players who still have no clear future will join.
To begin with, two Argentine emblems confirmed after the elimination of Los Pumas in Japan that they withdraw from the selected one. Juan Manuel Leguizamon announced it in the pre-match against the United States. Meanwhile, Juan Figallo did it after the Argentine victory against the Eagles.
Australia will no longer have three historical emblems. David Pocock, Sekope Kepu and Will Genia withdraw from the Wallabies shirt. In Scotland, confirmation of Greg Laidlaw is expected. France also loses two key pieces: Guilhem Guirado and Louis Picamoles.
One of the most affected by the withdrawal of emblem players is New Zealand. Ryan Crotty, Ben Smith, Sonny Bill Williams, Kieran Read and Matt Todd will not continue wearing the All Blacks black coat. In Ireland, Rory Best played his last game against New Zealand for the quarterfinals and was emotionally fired. In Georgia, Mamuka Gorgodze will return to the pre-World Cup decision and withdraw from the selected
Sergio Parisse, captain and absolute leader of the last years of Italy will not play more for the Azzurra. The same path will follow Juan Manuel Gaminara, captain of Uruguay. For its part, South Africa will no longer have Tendai Mtawarira, Schalk Brits and Francois Low.
All players who withdraw from their selected:
ARGENTINA: Juan Manuel Leguizamon and Juan Figallo
AUSTRALIA: David Pocock, Sekope Kepu and Will Genia.
CANADA: DTH Van Der Merwe, Benoît Piffero and Justin Blanchet.
U.S: James Hilterbrand
SCOTLAND: Laidlaw can be removed
FIJI: Vereniki Goneva, Campese Ma'afu and Josh Matavesi.
FRANCE: Guilhem Guirado and Louis Picamoles.
GEORGIA: Mamuka Gorgodze.
IRELAND: Rory Best
ITALY: Sergio Parisse.
NEW ZEALAND: Ryan Crotty, Ben Smith, Sonny Bill Williams, Kieran Read and Matt Todd.
RUSSIA: Igor Galinovsky.
SOUTH AFRICA: Tendai Mtawarira, Schalk Brits and Francois Low
TONGA: Siale Piatau and Sione Kalamafoni.
URUGUAY: Juan Manuel Gaminara.