Dusautoir bowing out for Barbarians

France great Thierry Dusautoir will make the final appearance of his glittering career for the Barbarians against Ulster at Kingspan Stadium

Dusautoir is one of three Toulouse players selected by Barbarians head coach Vern Cotter for the unique fixture on Thursday 1st June.

The 'Dark Destroyer', as he is affectionately known by Les Bleus fans, will be accompanied by France full back Maxime Medard and Argentina lock Patricio Albacete, while New Zealand lock Jeremy Thrush will join the squad from Gloucester. All four will be making their first appearances for the famous invitation side during the series games against England at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday 28th May then Ulster in Belfast four days later.

Back row forward Dusautoir led France a record 56 times in his 80 Tests and captained the side that reached the final of Rugby World Cup in 2011, when he was named World Rugby Player of the Year.

Earlier this month the Barbarians confirmed the recruitment of Adam Ashley-Cooper, Will Genia (both Australia), Facundo Isa (Argentina) and Census Johnston (Samoa), who bring a wealth of international experience with them, as well as All Black World Cup winner Corey Flynn (New Zealand) and Connacht centre Bundee Aki, who won the PRO12 player of the year last season.

"It's great to welcome Thierry, Maxime, Patricio and Jeremy on board. We're putting together an exciting group to face England and Ulster and I'm looking forward to working with players of this calibre for what should be two very competitive matches."

The Barbarians will face England for the 16th time since 1990 next month, having won 7 and lost 8 in the overall series. They then take on Ulster for the first time since 1957, but enjoyed a successful visit to Belfast last November when they beat Fiji 40-7.

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