England centre Te'o to leave Worcester at end of season

Ben Te'o carries for England against Australia at Twickenham during the November internationals -- Nov. 24, 2018. Action Foto Sport/NurPhoto via Getty Images

England centre Ben Te'o will leave Worcester Warriors at the end of the season, the club has announced.

Te'o, 32, is one of eight players confirmed to depart in May after making just 33 appearances for Worcester since joining the club in 2016.

He became the Warriors' best-paid player at the time of his move from Leinster and achieved 20 international caps during his time at Sixways, including two for the British & Irish Lions in 2017.

The rugby league convert made his England debut in 2016 and was part of head coach Eddie Jones' squads for the recent November internationals and Six Nations.

Among the other players on the way out is former South Africa flanker Dewald Potgieter, who announced his retirement from professional rugby.

"After being sidelined the last two years following an unfortunate and unrecoverable knee injury, I'd like to extend my sincere gratitude towards the Warriors for affording me the time to transition to a post-sport milieu," Potgieter said.

"I wish the club all the best in their future endeavours, and in particular all the people who made the experience an incredible final pit stop, concluding a supremely rewarding career."

Former Samoa back-row forward Alafoti Faosiliva is also leaving the club, along with flankers Carl Kirwan and Zac Xiourouppa, loose-head prop Jack Cosgrove, and two members of the Warriors' academy, Mason Tonks and Nick Rigby.