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“Not him” – Richie McCaw rejects ‘old enemy’ from his list of toughest opponents

New Zealand legend and two time Rugby World Cup winner Richie McCaw has ranked his three toughest back-row opponents from his incredible rugby career.

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The legendary flanker, who won a record 148 caps for the All Blacks between 2001 and 2015, went toe-to-toe with some of the greatest players to ever lace up a pair of boots during his stellar career.

Still not on speaking terms, McCaw didn’t even mention the controversial fly-half Quade Cooper when listing his five toughest opponents during his stellar career.

For reasons the New Zealand-born star has not yet divulged, he played McCaw off the ball then later in the same game, whacked him on the head deliberately. A few months later he kneed the All Blacks skipper in the head, creating a bitter rivalry between himself and the whole of New Zealand.


#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


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