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'I just lost control' - Vahaamahina announces international retirement after World Cup dismissal

The France lock was sent off in the 49th minute of their quarter-final defeat to Wales yesterday.

Sebastien Vahaamahina receives a red card from referee Jaco Peyper.
Sebastien Vahaamahina receives a red card from referee Jaco Peyper.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

Updated Oct 21st 2019, 6:39 PM

FRANCE LOCK SEBASTIEN Vahaamahina announced his international retirement on Monday 24 hours after being sent off in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final defeat to Wales.

Les Bleus led 19-10 when Vahaamahina was sent off in the 49th minute in Oita for elbowing Aaron Wainwright before his side lost after conceding a penalty goal and a late converted try in the final half an hour.

“It’s difficult, very difficult today even more so that I had planned this many months ago, that was my last match for France,” he said in a statement published on his 28th birthday.

“I hadn’t made the announcement about my retirement public because it’s not how I do things.

“The people impacted by this decision have known since this summer: Jacques Brunel, Franck Azema, some players also,” he told newspaper Midi Olympique.

Vahaamahina, who won his 46th cap in the fixture, lashed out at flanker Wainwright at a driving maul with his side seeming to be in a dominant position in the game.

I just lost control. I regret the act, admittedly it was spontaneous and out of control but the fact remains that I am responsable. I’m the only one to blame,” he said.

Captain Guilhem Guirado and the most-experienced member of France’s World Cup squad Louis Picamoles also announced the end of their international careers after the loss.

Wales face South Africa in next Sunday’s semi-final after two-time reigning champions New Zealand play England a day earlier

© – AFP, 2019

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