Szarzewski retires from Test rugby

Date published: December 9 2015

France hooker Dimitri Szarzewski has announced his retirement from international rugby at the age of 32, it was confirmed on Wednesday.

Szarzewski played 83 matches for les Bleus and featured in three Rugby World Cups. He also won the Six Nations in 2006, 2007 and 2010.

"It's a decision I've thought hard about and made up my mind a few weeks ago. It's something I've been thinking about for some time," Szarzewski explained at a press conference at his club side Racing 92.

"I have told the staff of the France team and Racing 92. I need to dedicate more time to my family and my club.

"It's been an honour and given me great pride to represent my country and pull on the French shirt 83 times."

The hooker played his final game for the French in their 62-13 loss to New Zealand at the recent World Cup and admits it was a tough match to finish on.

"When I heard the final whistle, I knew it was my last match with les Bleus but I finish with a World Cup adventure." he added.