France prop Jefferson Poirot announces international retirement

Jefferson Poirot played 36 Tests for France
Jefferson Poirot played 36 Tests for France

France prop Jefferson Poirot has announced his decision to retire from international rugby due to motivational issues.

Poirot said France's quarter-final defeat to Wales in the World Cup last year contributed to the decision, even though he was part of the side's Six Nations tournament earlier this year.

The 27-year-old's debut for France came in 2016 during the Six Nations game against Italy and went on to play 36 Tests. He also captained France during the World Cup group game against Tonga in 2019.

His professional rugby debut came for Brive in 2011 but has been part of Bordeaux Begles since 2012.

"I feel my motivation is not at its maximum," he told told L'Equipe.

"I always promised myself I would be at 100 per cent when playing for France, to not lie.

"Les Bleus, it's the Holy Grail. I can't go and play for them and just take my cap and my bonus."

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