Ben Smith The big test rugby names you won’t see in 2020

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Sonny Bill Williams does backflips on a trampoline as he trains for the Toronto Wolfpack in Sydney.

The All Blacks aren’t the only team in a rebuilding phase as the new Rugby World Cup cycle starts.

The turnover of players is always high in the aftermath to the global tournament and japan 2019 was no different, signalling the end of some stellar test careers, none more than departed All Blacks captain Kieran Read and his fellow Kiwis Ben Smith, Ryan Crotty and Sonny Bill Williams.

But other teams have been hit hard, including new world champions South Africa.

Ben Smith There will be no more Bledisloe Cup battles for outstanding loose forwards David Pocock and Kieran Read.

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There will be no more Bledisloe Cup battles for outstanding loose forwards David Pocock and Kieran Read.

Some, like under-performing France, were in dire need of rejuvenation and have named 19 new caps in their new Six Nations squad.

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Others, like 27-year-old Japan wing Kenki Fukuoka, have called time early to take their life in other directions.

Here is aWorld Rugbylist of official test retirees as the 2020 international season looms up north and Super Rugby gets set to start in the south.

Ben Smith Juan Manuel Leguizamon of Argentina is chaired off by his team mates after playing his final test for the Pumas.

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Juan Manuel Leguizamon of Argentina is chaired off by his team mates after playing his final test for the Pumas.

ARGENTINA

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

The back-row 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 tight-head 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.

AUSTRALIA 

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 scrum-half after George Gregan to earn the honour. 

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

The loose-head 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

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