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Published: 16:22 | 15/12/15

Dusautoir retires from international rugby

Legendary Les Bleus captain Thierry Dusautoir has announced his retirement from international rugby.

Dusatoir made his decision after holding talks with incoming coach Guy Noves yesterday.</p>

The Toulouse openside made 80 appearances for his country and is France's most-capped player.

His last appearance was the demoralising 62-13 World Cup quarter-final defeat to New Zealand which led to Noves replacing the outgoing Philippe Saint-Andre.

"I saw him (Noves) this morning," the 34-year-old told L'Equipe.

"We arrived at the same conclusions. That is why I am convinced that my choice is dictated by reason.

"If I had tried to continue, forcing it, I would have shown more vanity than anything else. I believe that this is the wisest decision."

The decision appears to be something of a u-turn for Dusautoir who refused to be drawn on his future in the immediate aftermath of the World Cup.

''I haven't even thought about all that to be honest. We just lost the quarter-final and shipped 60 points," he said after the New Zealand game.

''I'm not thinking about that, but about my team-mates and how to recover because the World Cup is finished for us."

Although the legendary openside bows out on something of a low following such a heavy defeat to the All Blacks, one of his high points came against the same opposition as his ferocious tackling helped them to 20-18 World Cup quarter-final victory back in 2007.

He was also named IRB Player of the Year in 2011 after guiding France to the RWC final where they were narrowly defeated by New Zealand.

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