Dominici retires from internationals

Veteran French winger Christophe Dominici on Saturday announced his retirement from international rugby after a career which yielded 23 tries from 65 games.

“Playing for France is over,” said the 35-year-old following his Stade Francais club’s 33-6 win over Montpellier in the national Top 14 championship.

“It has been a big part of my life but now it’s time to turn the page. There are other players and it’s a new story beginning for France with the objective of the 2011 World Cup.

“If I am being honest, I know I will not be at the next World Cup.” Dominici made his French debut in February, 1998, in a 24-17 win over England and he won his last cap in the 34-10 defeat to Argentina in the third-place play-off for the 2007 World Cup last October.

He played in four Six Nations-winning teams, with two Grand Slams, and also played in the 1999 World Cup final defeat to Australia.

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