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Chabal calls it a day

Iconic former French international Sebastien Chabal anounced that he will retire from the sport next weekend.

The 36-year-old Chabal won 62 caps for France as a powerhouse lock and back row forward, and his last act will come on Sunday when he turns out a final time for Lyon, his current club which he has helped seal promotion from the ProD2 to the Top 14.

Iconic former French international Sebastien Chabal anounced that he will retire from the sport next weekend. Photo by: Pascal Rossigno/Reuters. Credit: Reuters

“On Sunday I will call a halt to my career as a rugby player and a high-level sportsman,” Chabal said.

“I realise how lucky I've been, and to have the opportunity to call it a day with a title and finish the mission for which I came: helping Lyon win promotion.”

Chabal, standing 1.91 metres tall and weighing 115 kg, became a cult figure in rugby circles with his barn-storming style of play allied with his thick black beard and flowing locks.– AFP

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