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Former France flyhalf Beauxis calls time on career

By Ian Cameron
Lionel Beauxis /PA

Former France flyhalf Lionel Beauxis has called time on his professional rugby career.

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A cult figure in France, Beauxis is currently playing for Beziers in the ProD2, but has decided that this will be his final season after an astonishing 20 years in professional rugby.

He won 28 caps across for France in an on-again, off-again Test career, his international debut coming against Italy in the 2007 Guinness Six Nations.

“It’s time to hang up the boots and make place for the youth,” the 36-year-old told French channel Canal Plus.

Between 2007 and 2018, Beauxis appeared in 28 games for France, including the 2007 World Cup.

Beauxis has won the Top 14 twice, once with Stade Francais in 2007 and a second time with Toulouse in 2012.

Pau, Bordeaux-Begles, Lyon, and Oyonnax were among his other clubs in a storied club career.

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Jon 1 hours ago
Buoyant England travel to New Zealand full of hope but are they walking into an All Blacks ambush?

> New head coach Scott Robertson has kept only forwards coach Jason Ryan and conditioning coach Nic Gill from the previous regime *and so there is little institutional knowledge inherent in the new team.* Shows you what the English know about sport. Isn’t just fantastic that the best rugby team, or brand, on the planet has three brothers playing together? One a bull, the other a dancer, and last a .. boxer? Looks like a boxer bless him. > But Robertson has been working to fix that issue, with senior players and coaches having been regularly meeting to work out how they will operate together both on and off the field to ensure there is strong decision-making and a deep understanding of how the team wants to play. Have they? I would suggest then it is not a case of fixing things, that is not what Razor does. Razor will evolve the relationship between player and coach into a more symbiotic relationship. This wont be a coach that shouts down at his players theyre not doing good enough. I can imagine one of the first key areas he will be implementing is the respective leadership for each coaching group. Tight five, Loosies, Halves, Centers, and Back Three, will each have their own leadership team and an agile approach to the playing group relaying what they believe is happening on the training paddock, and in games. It will be a very big step to get everyone involved, able, and thinking about contributing to that process, but I believe a very beneficial one if successful. > England may have their best chance to win in 21 years, but they may also be walking into an ambush – *about to be hit* by a young, gifted, supremely physical and athletic All Blacks team coached by a man who has made every post a winner so far in his career and has this uncanny knack of getting the best out of people. Or, by a group hurting from not getting over the line and proving to everyone they are the best in the world, full of experience and cohesion, grit and motivation. You only need to look at someone like Patrick Tuipulotu to see someone with a fire under his belly from missing out on the last RWC due to injury, and having lost to this opposition in the previous one. It will be very interesting to see how this ‘Razor’ plays it. Does he stick with the traditional and protect the time honored All Black values of commitment, or does he evolve and pick the best players to win the Rugby Championship - and by association this test series - like Akira Ioane?

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