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12:45  22 october  2019
12:45  22 october  2019 Source:   france24.com

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France lock Sebastien Vahaamahina announced his international retirement on Monday 24 hours after being sent off in the Rugby World Cup 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

France lock Sebastien Vahaamahina has retired from Test rugby the day after his World Cup red card against Wales. The forward, who turned 28 on Monday Vahaamahina admitted he "lost control" in the incident, but said he had always planned to retire from internationals after the tournament.

Sébastien Vahaamahina in a blue shirt © Gabriel Bouys, AFP

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.

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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

France star Sebastien Vahaamahina announced he has retired on Monday. from international rugby just a day after being sent off for a shocking elbow in his nation' s World Cup quarter-final Following a brief deliberation, Vahaamahina was shown a red card and France were forced to battle

"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.

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"I just lost control. I regret the act, admittedly it was spontaneous and out of control but the fact remains that I am responsible. 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.

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French rugby player Sebastian Vahaamahina has retired from international rugby just one day after he left the pitch in disgrace. OITA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 20: Sebastien Vahaamahina of France is shown a red card by referee Jaco Peyper during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Quarter Final match

France lock Sebastien Vahaamahina announced his retirement from international rugby on Monday, a day after his red card against Wales probably France were leading 19-10 in Oita, Japan when Vahaamahina inexplicably elbowed Wales forward Aaron Wainwright in the face and was sent off.

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

(AFP)

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