Ex-France rugby capt Dusautoir to retire



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    Former France captain Thierry Dusautoir will retire at the end of the season, the Toulouse flanker said on Wednesday.

    “I am emotional because I’m finishing my rugby playing career at the end of the season,” the 35-year-old told a news conference.

    “It is a very special moment, full of emotion for me but there is no sadness since I am going to start a second life as a businessman.”

    Dusautoir, who captained France a record 56 times, was named World Player of the Year in 2011 after leading Les Bleus to the Word Cup final, which they lost to New Zealand.

    Dusautoir won two French titles with Biarritz, and three with Toulouse, with whom he also claimed the European Cup in 2010.

    He ended his international career after his 80th cap in the 62-13 defeat against New Zealand in the 2015 World Cup quarter-finals.

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    • April 20th 2017 @ 10:38am
      Jemainok said | April 20th 2017 @ 10:38am | ! Report

      My favourite non All Black. Truly a great ambassador of the game.

      • April 21st 2017 @ 7:08am
        Rebellion said | April 21st 2017 @ 7:08am | ! Report

        An absolute legend – did the rugby world (and the Saffas) a favour with his blinding game during the RWC 2007 QF.
        Typical French great of the game who doesn’t know the meaning of intimidation

    • April 20th 2017 @ 12:12pm
      mania said | April 20th 2017 @ 12:12pm | ! Report

      so mr bada55 finally retires. what a loss to world rugby
      will go down as one of the coolest calmest characters who raised hell on the field .
      fare thee well dusatoir

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      April 20th 2017 @ 1:25pm
      PapanuiPirate said | April 20th 2017 @ 1:25pm | ! Report

      Fare thee well oh Dark Destroyer

    • April 20th 2017 @ 1:26pm
      SAVAGE said | April 20th 2017 @ 1:26pm | ! Report

      Well earned Monsieur Dusautoir, enjoyed watching you play. As been mentioned one of the coolest dudes ever to play the game.

    • April 20th 2017 @ 1:47pm
      Rhys Bosley said | April 20th 2017 @ 1:47pm | ! Report

      A great player who should retire with few if any regrets.

    • April 20th 2017 @ 2:03pm
      Crash Ball2 said | April 20th 2017 @ 2:03pm | ! Report

      Truely one of my favourite players.

      Talismanic, ferocious competitor always embedded right in the belly of the fight. His iconic performance in the RWC2011 final showcased for the world his singular influence within a predictably unpredictable French team – and went some way to bagging him a WPOTY gong (though I still think Jerome Kaino should have gotten the nod). But his consistent excellence in all levels of the game has been phenomenal.

      What a pleasure it’s been. Thanks for the memories TD.

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