A highly skilled fly-half with an immeasurable amount of skill, Michalak made his debut for Toulouse in 1998. He won the Top 14 in 1998 and Heineken Cups in 2003 and 2005.
He made his test debut for France in 2001 against South Africa. After a short stint in South Africa where he played Super XV rugby for the Sharks. With the objective of once again playing for his country, he returned to France to play for Toulon in 2012.
It paid off as he was selected to tour with France to Argentina where he impressed at fly-half. Since then he has returned to be a mainstay in the French squad, and in 2015 he will return to the the biggest stage in world rugby having been selected to represent France at the 2015 World Cup. Michalak retired from international rugby following France's exit in the quarter finals of the RWC
Michalak signed for Lyon ahead of the 2016/17 season.
In December 2017, Michalak announced that he will be retiring from professional rugby at the end of the 2017/18 season. The utility back represented Toulouse, Lyon and Toulon in France and had two stints with the Sharks in Super Rugby and Currie Cup over a 18-year career.
Michalak earned 77 caps for France between 2001 and 2015. He also represented France at 3 Rugby World Cups and won the Six Nations with France in 2002, 2004 and 2006.
In September 2018, Michalak returned to Lyon in an advisory role, assisting Lyon president Yann Roubert and head coach Pierre Mignoni with a variety of tasks, including recruitment, training and public relations.
As of June 2021, he is currently a member the backroom staff at rugby league side the Sydney Roosters.
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