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The Dark Destroyer.
Toulouse skipper and former France captain Thierry Dusautoir has announced he will hang up his boots at the end of the season.
The 35-year-old flanker captained France a record 56 times, and won three Top 14 titles and a European crown in a storied career with Toulouse. He was named World Player of the Year in 2011 after leading his country to a World Cup final defeat to New Zealand.
“If I’m emotional it’s because I’m finishing my rugby playing career at the end of the season,” he told a press conference.
“It’s a very special moment, charged with emotion for me but not sadness, as I’m going to be enthusiastically pursuing a new opening which I’ve begin to develop, a second life as a businessman.”
“The decision one day to come along and put on boots and a pair of shorts literally changed my life and turned a timid kid into one who had confidence in himself.
“This sport has changed my life and I owe it a great debt. “I never thought I’d go on to have the career that I did,”
The back-row forward burst onto the world stage at the 2007 World Cup, making his name with a breathtaking display against New Zealand in the quarter final with a try and 29 tackles. His heroics that day lifted France to a famous win and earned him the nickname “The Dark Destroyer”, and cemented his place in the national side.
Dusautoir brought the curtain down on his 80-cap career after a disappointing 62-13 loss to the All Blacks in the 2015 Rugby World Cup quarter final.
We wish him the very best.