Dusautoir to bow out with the Barbarians
NEWS: France great Thierry Dusautoir will make the final appearances of his glittering career for the Barbarians at the end of the current European season, the invitational club announced Friday.
The 35-year-old flank, a former France captain, confirmed this month that he would retire at the end of the ongoing campaign.
He was one of three Toulouse players selected by Barbarians boss Vern Cotter, the outgoing Scotland coach, to face England in a non-cap international at Twickenham on May 28 and Irish province Ulster in Belfast on June 1.
Toulouse teammates Maxime Medard, the France fullback, and Argentina lock Patricio Albacete were also called up by Cotter on Friday, with the New Zealander picking compatriot Jeremy Thrush, a second row with English Premiership side Gloucester, as well.
The quartet will all be making their first appearances for the Barbarians.
Born in the Ivory Coast, Dusautoir captained France a record 56 times, and won three Top 14 titles and a European crown with fallen Top 14 giants Toulouse.
He was named World Player of the Year in 2011 after leading France to a narrow 7-8 World Cup Final defeat by tournament hosts New Zealand in Auckland.
Dusautoir brought the curtain down on his 80-cap career after a humiliating 13-62 loss to the All Blacks in the 2015 World Cup quarterfinals, having made his France debut against Romania in 2006.
"It's great to welcome Thierry Dusautoir, Maxime Medard, Patricio Albacete and Jeremy Thrush on board," said Cotter, who will join French club Montpellier in the close season.
Earlier this month, Australia veterans Adam Ashley-Cooper and Will Genia were among Cotter's initial selections for the Barbarians' two upcoming matches.
"We're putting together an exciting group to face England and Ulster and I'm looking forward to working with players of this calibre for what should be two very competitive matches," said Cotter.
The Barbarians will face England for the 16th time since 1990 next month, having won seven and lost eight in the overall series.
They then take on Ulster for the first time since 1957, having enjoyed a successful visit to Belfast last November when they beat Fiji 40-7.