France captain Dusautoir retires

2017-04-19 11:30
Thierry Dusautoir (Getty Images)

Paris - France captain Thierry Dusautoir has announced his retirement from international rugby.

According to, Dusautoir, one of world rugby's best flanks over the past decade, captained France a record 56 times in 80 appearances, distinguishing himself as one of the best tacklers in the modern game.

He led Les Bleus against the odds to the 2011 Rugby World Cup final, scoring a try against the All Blacks in the 8-7 defeat.

After meeting new coach Guy Noves on Friday, Dusautoir made his decision to walk away before the start of next year's Six Nations Championship, which begins in February.

"We reached the same conclusions. That's why I'm certain my choice is based on reason ... if I'd tried to carry on playing, forced things, it would have been more proof of vanity than anything else," the 34-year-old Dusautoir said in an interview to be published in Saturday's edition of French sports daily L'Equipe.

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