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As Sébastien Chabal hangs up the beard, we relive his famous trouncing by Munster

They didn’t give the poor Frenchman a moment’s peace back in 2006.

Sale Shark's Sebastien Chabal is stopped by Munster's Marcus Horan and John Hayes during a 2006 Heineken Cup match.
Sale Shark's Sebastien Chabal is stopped by Munster's Marcus Horan and John Hayes during a 2006 Heineken Cup match.
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RUGBY’S SECOND GREATEST beard [the title was lost this season to Gordon D'Arcy's short-lived but much loved creation] has officially announced his retirement.

Although Sébastien Chabal’s bite went about five years ago, the bark and the beard remained and picked up some pay-cheques and appearance fees. He finished up his playing days with Lyon in Pro-D2 [the French second division] and retires having played more than 230 club games and 62 Tests for his country.

Munster supporters will raise a glass — or mug of Barrys tea — today to the bustling forward as he heads off into rugby retirement. We felt there was no better way of summing up Chabal’s career than with a couple of memorable moments: battering New Zealand at the 2007 World Cup and getting driven back by the Munster pack in 2006.

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