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Xavier Garbajosa 32, has announced his retirement :cry2:.


Ex-Toulouse back Xavier Garbajosa has announced his retirement from rugby due to a series of troublesome injuries.

The 2003 Heineken Cup winner, who enjoyed an illustrious playing career for both club and France, informed current employers Bayonne that his latest knee problem brings his twelve years in the game to a close.

The 32-year-old won 31 caps for Les Bleus and played 37 Heineken Cup games for Toulouse, helping the French club win the European title for the second time five years ago.

Equally at home at full-back, centre or wing, he made his European debut for his home town team against Wasps on October 26, 1996.

Garbajosa switched to Bayonne in 2007 and made three appearances for his new club in the European Challenge Cup. But injury struck once again and brought a premature end to the careers of one of the greatest attacking talents of the professional era.

On the international scene, the back made his debut as a substitute against Ireland in 1998 before going on to score two tries against Wales at Wembley to help the French complete a Grand Slam.

In the 1999 Rugby World Cup, Garbajosa's position of full-back was highlighted in the epic semi-final victory over New Zealand at Twickenham. He also started at number fifteen against Australia in the final at the Millennium Stadium.

"Rugby has been part of my everyday life for the past seventeen years. I am frustrated my career has had to end this way, but I have no regrets," Garbajosa said, speaking to Sud Ouest newspaper.

"I dream at night about playing, but deep down inside I know my playing career is now over.

"I need to step aside to give the younger players a chance, although I will do continue to work to help Bayonne.

"This is the end to a beautiful chapter of my life."

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Guinness Prem Match

Gloucester 22 - 16 Saracens

London Irish 48 - 8 Newcastle

Northampton 30 - 8 Bristol

Top 14 Match

Toulouse 34 - 0 Montpellier RC

Stade Francais 56 - 15 Dax

Clermont Auvergne 32 - 5 RC Toulon

Stade Montois 16 - 13 Montauban TG15

Bourgoin-Jallieu 15 - 14 Biarritz Olympique

Bayonne 13 - Castre 13




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