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Frederic Michalak retires from international rugby

  • France was thrashed by New Zealand in Cardiff quarter-final
  • Lock Pascal Papé has also hung up his international boots
France’s record point scorer Frederic Michalak has retired from international rugby following his nation’s heavy quarter-final defeat to New Zealand in Cardiff.

The Toulon player ended his 14-year France career with 77 caps, playing in three World Cups. He ended his international career with 436 points – more than any other Frenchman – and 136 World Cup points, again another record for his country.

Michalak told BBC Sport, “”It’s a sad end, but my body can’t respond anymore.”

He made his debut for France way back in 2001 against South Africa, becoming a regular in the side and playing in his first World Cup 12 years ago in 2003, which was hosted in Australia.

He scored ten international tries, with the last coming in 2012 against Samoa, helping his side claim victory, 22-14.

Back again in 2003 was when Michalak claimed his first try for Les Bleus, helping his team beat Italy 53-27 in the Six Nations.

It is worth noting France only ever lost one game, against South Africa in 2005, when the 33-year-old scored a try for his country.

Stade Francais lock Pascal Pape, 35, has also retired from international duty after winning 65 caps.

After the humiliating defeat to New Zealand, Pape is calling for a change to the domestic league in France to help benefit the national team.

“The national team comes last,” said Pape. “It is time that everyone in French rugby sit around a table and make the France team a priority.

“If this does not happen the next coach will face the same problems.”

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