After eighteen years of career at the highest level, Louis Picamoles has decided to retire. But before finally hanging up his crampons, the 36-year-old third row will play the last two games with the French Barbarians team.
It’s a career as long as the arm to which Louis Picamoles a decision to terminate. After making his debut in the professional world during the 2005/2006 season with Montpellierhe honors his first selection with the XV of France on February 9, 2008, on the occasion of a shock of the VI Nations Tournament against theIreland. But the rugby player passed a real milestone in 2009. That year, he left Hérault to join the Toulouse stadium. It’s the beginning of a harvest of trophies for the third row, which wins the European Cup rugby in 2010, then the Top 14 twice, in 2011 and 2012. After a two-year spell in the English league at Northamptonthe tricolor finally decides to return to the team that brought him to the highest level: Montpellier. Despite a championship final in 2018, the now 36-year-old failed to win a title with this club. He then takes the direction of theUnion Bordeaux-Bègles in 2020. Defeated in the semi-finals of Top 14 this season against… Montpellier (10-19), Louis Picamoles thus played its very last league match. But not the last of his career, since the latter was selected for a rather special occasion.
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Picamoles will play with the Barbarians
Louis Picamoles is not going to end his career right away. Indeed, the Frenchman was selected with the team of Barbarians Français to play two games. The first from next July 1 in Houston (Texas) against the United Statesand the following on November 20 against the Fiji Islands at the Pierre Mauroy Stadium in Lille. A call that delights the former Toulouse, who will find his friend Francois Trinh-Ducalso summoned and who retired after these two meetings: “ Until the end we will shoot our last cartridges together. It’s nice because the Baabas are always special. It’s a state of mind, it’s what makes us love rugby. To be able to live this last experience and close the rugby page with the Baabas club, it’s a nice nod, it’s great and in addition there is François and a few Bordelais too so it’s going to be really nice. I hope we are going to have a great week, have a good rugby match and have fun in the Baabas spirit, which is so special.” a declared Louis Picamoles in comments reported by World Fifteen. Two oppositions that will lead to a particular flavor for Loulouwho will definitely say goodbye to the rugby pitches at the end of these gatherings of former French players.