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France legend Michalak hangs up boots

rfi English, May 6

As the legendary French fly-half Frédéric Michalak prepared to hang up his boots, he said he had no regrets.

Michalak, who describes himself as "the artist", is the top points scorer in French Test history with 436 in 77 appearances for les Bleus.

In his career he took four Six Nations titles including three Grand Slams.

He will probably best be remembered for a World Cup quarter-final pass that saw New Zealand ejected from the 2007 edition and sent France into both raptures and the semi-final.

"I feel good and I've no regrets," Michalak told the French news agency AFP.

"It's a tough decision, not easy to take, so I'm savouring every last moment."

The relatively slightly-built player said he could have carried on for another year but that it would be too physically demanding.

"You see some great athletes out there and maybe that leaves a little less space for the artists such as myself," he explained.

Michalak, who won three French and six European titles, played 77 times for France, with whom he won four Six Nations titles including three Grand Slams.

“I’ve always played to win…I feel calm and determined."

But, he admiited, "I'm quite relieved to have come to the end."

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