Pelous makes it official

Veteran French lock Fabien Pelous officially ended what has been an illustrious 12-year international career at a press conference at the French Rugby Federation Headquarters in Paris on Wednesday.

“That’s 12 years since I started playing for France, 12 years during which I experienced some wonderful moments, but everything must come to an end,” Pelous told AFP.

The 33-year-old Toulouse second rower made his first international appearance against Romania in 1995 and went on to play 117 more games for his country, captaining the French national team a record 42 times.

The was already speculation that the Frenchman would retire from the international game this week. The official announcement was merely a formality, as it were. Pelous said it was finally time to hang up his boots.

“Today it’s time to turn the page, it’s time to move on.” Pelous.

Despite hanging his international boots Pelous will still feature prominently for his club Toulouse, whom he has yet to play for since the 14-9 French defeat to England in the World Cup semi-final, when he sustained a rib injury with 15 minutes to play.

His current contract with club ends at the end of this season. Pelous has won two French titles and two European Cups with the French club.

But the highlights of his career will most certainly be his four Grand Slam-winning teams (1997,1998, 2002 and 2004) with France.


 365 Digital

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