After eighteen years at the centre of French and European rugby, the former France and Toulouse captain Fabien Pelous has announced that he is going to call it a day.
The influential lock started his career with Dax before joining Toulouse in 1997 where he played twelve seasons in the iconic Red and Black jersey and will run-out for the last time at Ernest Wallon on Saturday against Bougoin.
Having played a remarkable 297 times for his club winning three French championships, the 35-year-old is the most capped player in the triple Heineken Cup winner's history and has been a central figure throughout the Heineken Cups 14 seasons. Pelous lifted the Heineken Cup trophy on two occasions as captain having played in four separate finals and was also honoured with an ERC 50 Club Elite Award having played 76 Heineken Cup games in his career.
On an international front Pelous who retired from the national squad in 2007, was also a record breaker with an unrivaled 118 test appearances for France winning two Grand Slam championships along the way.
Pelous, 35 year-old had already announced his international career retirement at the end of 2007 after the defeat of Les Bleus (9-14) against England in the RWC 2007 semis.
Toulouse have already qualified for the Top 14 Orange semi-finals and the French stalwart will he hoping to go out in style with one more medal to add to his already impressive collection.
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