Through a video posted this Friday on Twitter, Maxime Médard (35) announced that he would end his career at the end of the season. “I am here to announce that a page has turned for me: I have made the decision to end my career at the end of this season”he explained.
The Toulousain, whose contract with the French champion club came to an end this summer, will have played 18 seasons at the highest level, within the red and black team. Winner of the Bouclier de Brennus five times (2008, 2011, 2012, 2019, 2021), Médard has also won the European Cup three times (2005, 2010, 2021) and has one of the finest trophy cabinets in the world. French rugby.
Sideburns in the wind
With his sideburns and his vintage style, the rear has made a name for himself thanks to his recognizable “face” among a thousand and his exploits on the ground. He was quickly selected for the French team in 2008. Before celebrating his 22nd birthday, Médard obtained his first cap against Argentina in Marseille (12-6).
Maxime Médard during his first selection in 2008. (Rondeau/L’Équipe)
He quickly settled in Blue under the mandate of Marc Lievremont, being part of the epic of the 2011 World Cup and this famous final lost for a point against the All Blacks at Eden Park (8-7). The rest of his international career was more mixed.
He thus missed the 2015 World Cup before returning to grace, under the orders of Jacques Brunel, for the 2019 World Cup. It was in Japan, during the quarter-final loss against Wales (19-20), that he honored his 63rd and last selection (14 tries in the blue jersey).
Since then, Médard had concentrated on his leading role at Stade Toulousain. Less decisive on the pitch than during his best years, he was an important element of the Top 14-European Cup double achieved by the Red and Blacks last year.
“I had the incredible chance, throughout my career, to experience incredible moments with Stade Toulousain and the French team: moments of glory, of doubt too…”
Aligned 17 times this season, the former international is preparing to fire his last cartridges, before Melvyn Jaminet and Ange Capuozzo land in Toulouse this summer to strengthen an already well-stocked back position with Thomas Ramos.
“I had the incredible chance, throughout my career, to experience incredible moments with the Stade Toulousain and the French team: moments of glory, of doubt too… Victories, defeats but in any case , I regret nothing. Today, I am starting a new chapter, necessarily on new ground »said Médard in the video published on Twitter, referring to “projects that look like me”.