All Black legends Dan Carter and Richie McCaw both named these three rugby superstars among their five toughest opponents from their stellar careers.
The pair, who won the World Cup with New Zealand in 2011 and 2015, are renowned as two of the finest players of not just their generation, but all-time.
Carter hooked up with former captain McCaw for the first of a two-part interview.
Topics range from McCaw’s bagpipe skills to his unique pre-match ritual. The former skipper’s relentless attention to detail and goal-setting was the stuff of legend.
Carter and McCaw: Toughest opponents
#3. Thierry Dusautoir (France)
- Position Back-row
- Height 6 ft 2 in
- Weight 218 lb
- Caps 80
MCCAW SAID: “Over the years I’ve played him a few times and you always know he’s there. He was always pretty big defensively and in the breakdown area. A menace”
CARTER SAID: “He had some blinding games in big moments — none more so than in the 2007 and 2011 World Cup games against the All Blacks.”
DID YOU KNOW? He broke the record for most tackles in a match, making 38 tackles against the All Blacks in the 2007 World Cup