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Great Dusautoir to bow out at Kingspan

 

By Jonathan Bradley

More impressive names have been added to the Barbarians squad that will face England and Ulster at the end of this season.

The famous invitational side, who took on Fiji at Kingspan Stadium back in November, will be back in Belfast on June 1, also meeting England at Twickenham four days prior.

The game versus Ulster will act as a final farewell to the province for Ruan Pienaar before his summer switch to France, but will now also provide one further goodbye.

French legend Thierry Dusautoir, perhaps best remembered for making 38 tackles against New Zealand in his side's 2007 World Cup quarter-final victory, will be lacing up his boots for the final time in his storied career.

Dusautoir, part of the Toulouse side defeated by Ulster at Kingspan last season, will retire at the end of this campaign and will be joined on the Baa Baas by club-mates Maxime Medard and Patricio Albacete, while Gloucester's Jeremy Thrush was also confirmed yesterday.

"It's great to welcome Thierry, Maxime, Patricio and Jeremy on board," said head coach Vern Cotter. "We're putting together an exciting group and I'm looking forward to working with players of this calibre for two very competitive matches."

Already named in the panel were Adam Ashley-Cooper, Will Genia, Facundo Isa, Census Johnston, Bundee Aki and Corey Flynn.

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