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France great Dusautoir to say final goodbye to rugby at Kingspan Stadium

The Tolouse star will line out for the Barbarians.

Thierry Dusautoir.
Thierry Dusautoir.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

FRENCH RUGBY ICON Thierry Dusautoir will bring the curtain down on his glittering career against Ulster at Kingspan Stadium.

Dusautoir is one of three Tolouse players selected by Barbarians head coach Vern Cotter for June’s fixture.

The 35-year-old, who called time on his international career in 2015, will be accompanied by France full back Maxime Medard and Argentina lock Patricio Albacete. New Zealand’s Jeremy Thrush will also join Dusautoir in the squad. The quartet will be making their first appearances for the Barbarians.

Dusautoir lead France a record 56 times in his 80 tests, and captained the side to the Rugby World Cup final in 2011. He was named World Player of the Year that same year.

The current Tolouse captain announced his full retirement from the game last week.

Thierry Dusautoir Dusautoir following Tolouse's Champions Cup quarter-final loss to Munster at Thomond Park. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Earlier this month, the Barbarians confirmed the inclusion of Connacht centre Bundee Aki.

The BaaBaas take on England in London on Sunday 28 May, before their making the trip to Belfast on Thursday 1 June.

They go head-to-head with the northern province for the first time since 1957.

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