The player handed a red card during France’s World Cup quarter-final defeat to Wales has announced his international retirement.
Sebastien Vahaamahina has decided to call it a day at Test level even though he has only turned 28 today.
The announcement comes just a day after the Clermont Auvergne second row was sent off for an elbow to the head of Wales flanker Aaron Wainwright during the last eight clash in Oita.
Vahaamahina, who scored France’s opening try in their 20-19 loss, has issued a statement expressing regret over his red card offence, while also stressing he had decided to retire well before the World Cup.
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He said: “Today, I must take my actions and possibly try to make some explanations, if it is possible.
“My style of play and the position I play requires a lot of aggression. An aggressiveness that I must nevertheless control.
“When I give this nudge, everything was probably mixed in my head. Too much desire and desire to score again. And I just lost control.
“I regret this gesture, it is certainly spontaneous and uncontrolled, but it remains nonetheless that I am responsible for it. One and only responsible.
“It’s hard, very hard for me today especially since, as I had planned for several months, it was my last match with the XV of France.
“I did not make a public announcement concerning my stop in selection because it is not in my habits.
“The people impacted by this decision have known since this summer: Jacques Brunel, Franck Azéma, some players also.
“I really wanted to do well and the desire to achieve the best match possible, the best competition possible and then stop. Maybe I wanted to do too well.
“My envy and my aggressiveness made me overflow.
“From now on, it’s time for me to have an arm surgery, as was the case when I returned from the World Cup.
“A cycle ends today, a page of my career is turning. I’m 28 years old and I can not wait to rebuild myself, physically and morally, to come back even stronger.”