Remembering Thierry Dusautoir's record 38 tackles and try against All Blacks - Ruck

Remembering Thierry Dusautoir’s record 38 tackles and try against All Blacks

All of France flanker Thierry Dusautoir’s record tally of 38 tackles in a match which he famously made against New Zealand during the 2007 Rugby World Cup Quarter Final at the Millennium Stadium

It’s the highest recorded tackle tally ever in an international. To put that in perspective, Dusautoir made more two tackles than the entire New Zealand team did. He also scored a try in this match as well.

One fan wrote: “Tackles by New Zealand in this game – 36. Tackles by Dusautoir – 38…”

“At both World Cups (2007,2011) he comprehensively outplayed McCaw.” a second added.

A third commented: “I believe it was Mils Mulinia who said that he was at the bottom of a ruck with him after seventy minutes and he wasn’t sweating.”

“Phenomenal,.lots of dominant tackles too. Nothing better than watching a backrow player on form.” said a fourth.

Most tackled players:

  • 8 times: Richie McCaw
  • 4 times: Mils Muliaina
  • 3 times: Byron Kelleher, Dan Carter, Tony Woodcock, Sitiveni Sivivatu
  • 2 times: Joe Rokocoko, Anton Oliver, Rodney So’oialo, Jerry Collins, Chris Jack
  • 1 time: Keith Robinson, Andrew Hore, Brendon Leonard, Ali Williams, Isaia Toeava

Note: The only players from the All Black starting XV to remain untackled by Dusatoir were Carl Hayman, Luke McAlister and Leon MacDonald.