Dusautoir calls it a day

Date published: April 19 2017

Toulouse captain Thierry Dusautoir has officially announced that he will retire at the end of the season bringing to an end an illustrious career.

Dusautoir won the Top 14 in 2008, 2011 and 2012 and the European Champions Cup in 2010 with Toulouse.

The flanker has accumulated 80 Test caps for France, 56 of those as captain. He guided les Bleus to the 2011 World Cup Final as skipper.

But it was his immense performance in the 2007 semi-final against New Zealand in which he scored a try and made 38 tackles, which was a world record at the time and propelled him into les Bleus folklore.

Affectionately nicknamed as the 'Dark Destroyer', it is a great pity that a man of such quality was not able to get his hands on the Webb Ellis Cup.

" Today I would like to thank Rugby because at the end of the season I will retire," Dusautoir told Midi-Olympique

"It is a special moment but it is not sad. There are many challenges waiting for me for my post-career.

"I will raise them with the same passion and the same desire as before."