After 80 Tests and a tackle count well into the hundreds, Thierry Dusautoir has retired from international rugby.
The flanker discussed his future with his former boss at Toulouse and the new France head coach Guy Novès this week.
Dusautoir through his remarkable performances for France has become one of the most respected players in the global game, famously recording 38 tackles in the 2007 Rugby World Cup quarter-final win over New Zealand.
The 34-year-old captained France on 56 occasions, more than other Frenchman, and was crowned World Player of the Year in 2011 when France reached the Rugby World Cup final.
"I saw him (Noves) [on Friday]," Dusautoir said to 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."