Sunday 15 December 2019

Former French scrum-half Dmitri Yachvili announces retirement at 33

Former France scrum-half Dimitri Yachvili has announced he will retire at the end of the season.

Yachvili, 33, played for France in the 2011 World Cup final defeat to New Zealand and enjoyed success at club level with Biarritz after launching his top-flight career with a brief stint at Gloucester in 2001/02.

Early in his 61-cap international career he played a key role in France winning the Six Nations grand slam in 2004 and clinching the trophy again two years later, before having peripheral roles in Les Bleus' 2007 and 2010 triumphs.

He made his final appearances for France in the 2012 RBS 6 Nations campaign.

Biarritz confirmed Yachvili's retirement on their website, stating: "Dimitri Yachvili told (Biarritz president) Serge Blanco on Thursday evening of his decision to bring his career to an end.

"It's with great emotion that Biarritz sees a great champion, who has given so much to the Red and White, retire from the rugby field.

"After his titles as champion of France in 2005 and 2006, his two Heineken Cup finals in 2006 and 2010, an Amlin Cup in 2012 but equally a title as vice-champion of the world in New Zealand, we wish Dimitri much success in his new life as a businessman."

With Biarritz relegated from the Top 14 for next season, Yachvili decided it was time to bow out.

He told L'Equipe: "It's the right moment for me to put an end to my career. I feel that my body needs to stop."

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