28 Jun 2009

Pumas World Cup captain Pichot plays final game

11:32 am on 28 June 2009

Argentina's World Cup rugby captain Agustin Pichot has retired, bringing the curtain down on his playing career in emotional style in a testimonial match at Club Atlético San Isidro in Buenos Aires, the club where he started as a youngster.

Pichot, who led the Pumas to a remarkable third place at the 2007 World Cup in France, played the last of his 72 Tests in the 34-10 bronze-medal triumph over the hosts in Paris.

The 34-year-old was injured in April and decided to finally call it a day.

Pichot was the only man to spend the full hour and a quarter on the pitch in an informal game of three "halves" watched by about 3,000 people and involving former CASI team mates and rivals, and past and present Pumas.

All the players, among them Argentina first five eighth Juan Martin Hernandez, wore a scrumhalf's number nine on their backs.