Richie McCaw ranks England legend as one the ‘all-time best flankers’ - Ruck

Richie McCaw ranks England legend as one the ‘all-time best flankers’

Richie McCaw, the iconic captain of the All Blacks, has recognised an English flanker as one of the most formidable adversaries he ever faced.

In his list of the five toughest flankers he encountered in his illustrious career, the two-time Rugby World Cup champion begins with the legendary French captain Thierry Dusautoir at the top.

5. Thierry Dusautoir (France)

  • Position Back-row
  • Height 6 ft 2 in
  • Weight 218 lb
  • Caps 80

Dusautoir made his international debut against Romania in 2006 before making a name for himself the following year when France stunned New Zealand 20-18 in the World Cup quarter-finals. 

The former France skipper also scored a try and was named man of the match in the 2011 World Cup final when New Zealand avenged their defeat of four years earlier with an 8-7 win in the final.

Richie McCaw said: “Over the years I’ve played him a few times and you always know he’s there,” said McCaw of Dusautoir. “He was always pretty big defensively and in the breakdown area. A menace”

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