Lyon, who make their European Cup debut next month, will have the benefit of advice from a four-time winner following Monday’s announcement that Frédéric Michalak has been appointed consultant to the TOP 14 club.

The 35-year-old French international retired from playing at the end of last season after scoring 11 points in four games for Lyon in the Challenge Cup.

Those were his first appearances in that competition, with the remaining 63 in Europe coming in the European Cup for Toulouse and RC Toulon, for whom he scored a total of 234 points from eight tries, 22 conversions, seven drop-goals and 43 penalties in 13 seasons.

In that time he won the European Cup twice with both Toulouse and Toulon, featuring at scrum-half in Toulouse’s 2003 final success against Perpignan, at fly-half for them in their extra-time final victory over Stade Français Paris in 2005 and as a replacement for Toulon in their 2013 final triumph against ASM Clermont Auvergne.

The 77-Test half-back was also a member of the Toulon squad who won the trophy in 2015, when he was the match-winner in their quarter-final success against Wasps with 22 points, his best-ever European match points haul.

He said of his appointment on the club website: “I am delighted to be able to start my second ‘life’ at Lyon and to be able to bring my expertise and experience to the club. To work!”

Michalak will assist Lyon president Yann Roubert and head coach Pierre Mignoni with a variety of tasks, including recruitment, training and public relations.

Roubert: “It is a pleasure to continue working with Frédéric, who still has a lot to bring to Lyon and to rugby as a whole, even if he is no longer on the pitch.”

Lyon open their Heineken Champions Cup schedule with a home game against Cardiff Blues on October 14. They are also paired with Glasgow Warriors and Saracens in Pool 3.