Ibanez set to retire from international rugby
Hooker is set to announce his retirement from the international gameDAX, France, January 9, 2008 - Hooker Raphael Ibanez, who captained
France during last year's rugby World Cup, is set to announce his retirement
from the international game here on Thursday.
Ibanez, 34, has won 98 caps for France after making his debut in 1996 and
is under contract with London Wasps until the end of the season.
Ibanez played for his hometown club of Dax in southwest France until 1998
before signing for Perpignan, then moving on to Castres, Saracens and Wasps.
The hooker was part of the France team that won the Six Nations in 1998,
2002, 2006 and 2007, including two Grand Slams, and has played in one World
Cup final in 1999, and two semi-finals in 2003 and 2007.