Thion signs his final Top14 contract with Biarritz

Veteran French lock Jerome Thion will end his career with Top 14 side Biarritz after he told AFP on Friday that he had signed a three-year contract with the Basque club.

The 32-year-old – who won the last of his 47 caps in the 50-8 victory over Italy in their Six Nations match last March – has been at Biarritz since 2003 after joining from Perpignan.

“I am very happy to be able to continue and to finish at Biarritz, because this is my final contract in professional rugby,” said Thion, nicknamed by Biarritz fans as the ‘Machine’.

“I am going to focus on the three years that remain to me in rugby. After that a new life will begin.”

Thion, who started his career with Clermont-Ferrand where he stayed for two seasons, faces a tough task to return to the French side as he is competing with former captain Lionel Nallet, Sebastien Chabal and Romain Millo-Chluski.

Thion is regarded along with injured trio prop Fabien Barcella, scrum-half Dimitri Yachvili and centre Damien Traille regarded as one of the pillars of the Biarritz side, which has struggled in the Top 14 side this season but has booked its ticket into the European Cup quarter-finals.

He has been a virtual ever present this season, playing in 17 of their 18 Top 14 matches and all five European Cup clashes.














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