Pelous set to retire from internationals

France’s caps record holder and former captain Fabien Pelous looks set to announce his international retirement on Wednesday, after announcing he was to hold a press conference at the French Rugby Federation headquarters.

The Toulouse lock, who will turn 34 on December 7, won the last of his 118 caps in the World Cup semi-final defeat by England last month, but while he has not said what he is announcing.

Even his club did not learn of the press conference until Monday, it appears likely that he will bring down the curtain on a stellar international career.

Pelous, who has not played for Toulouse this season because of a rib injury suffered in the defeat by England, was a member of the French side that reached the 1999 World Cup final, losing to Australia, and two successive semi-finals, both times losing to the English.

Aside from that Pelous – who made his debut in 1995 – won four Six Nations Grand Slams, and with his club won two European Cups and two national titles.

His contract with Toulouse concludes at the end of this season.


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