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Frederic Michalak

Frederic Michalak

France flyhalf Frederic Michalak has ended his international career after Les Bleus’ 13 / 62 defeat by New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals on Saturday.

Michalak left the pitch with a thigh injury after 11 minutes at the Millennium Stadium.

He said: “It’s quite sad to finish like that. I truly thought I’d be able to raise the Cup, and I didn’t imagine that I would finish like that, with an injury, which makes it even worse. Of course I’ll recover from this injury, but I’ll take care of my body and play fewer games per year.”

The Toulon player, 33, won 77 international caps and played in 3 Rugby World Cups, in 2003, 2007 and this year. He is under contract with Toulon until 2016.

France lock Pascal Pape, 35, is also retiring from internationals after 65 tests.

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FranceLes Bleus coach Phillipe Saint-Andre pulled a major surprise on Wednesday by leaving out tour captain Thierry Dusautoir.

There was however room in the starting line up for mercurial vetern flyhalf, Frederic Michalak.

Dusautoir, the 2011 player of the year underwent surgery to his left arm after tearing his bicep during this year’s French Top 14 competition and is still regaining full power.

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Frederic MichalakFranceVeteran Toulon flyhalf Frederic Michalak has been preferred to Montpellier’s Francois Trinh-Duc in France coach Philippe Saint-Andre’s squad to tour Australia in June.

Saint-Andre named a 31-man squad on Wednesday and once again Trinh-Duc finds himself out in the cold, with Michalak recalled as back up for first-choice flyhalf Remi Tales.

Although first choice under Saint-Andre’s predecessor Marc Lievremont, Trinh-Duc has found himself eased out of international reckoning under the new coach.

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France coach Philippe Saint-Andre will, as expected, leave captain Thierry Dusautoir at home after ringing the changes for ‘Les Bleus’ mid-year tour of Argentina next month.

In one of the surprise selections Frederic Michalak has been offered the chance for a 55th cap for France.

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