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Ex-France captain Pelous to quit

Fabien Pelous
Pelous captained France 42 times

Fabien Pelous, France's most capped player, has announced he is to retire at the end of the season.

The former France captain earned a record 118 caps between 1995 and 2007, quitting the international scene after the 2007 World Cup.

"After careful thought, I felt it was time for me to go," said the 35-year-old Toulouse lock.

In a glittering career, Pelous won two Heineken Cups with Toulouse and four Grand Slams with France.

Pelous, who began his professional career in 1995 with Dax before moving to Toulouse two years later, had initially planned to quit last year to enter local politics.


But he had a change of heart and stayed on for an extra year, during which time he also took up a coaching role with the French 'A' team.

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see also
France star Pelous calls it quits
07 Nov 07 |  Rugby Union
Pelous may miss whole Six Nations
14 Feb 07 |  Rugby Union
Pelous to take time out in summer
28 Feb 05 |  Internationals
Pelous gets nine-week suspension
09 Nov 05 |  Internationals

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