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.

“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