France

Fabien
Pelous

"I THINK IT PROVES MY CAPACITY FOR DURABILITY, MY ROBUSTESSE. I'M NOT THE FASTEST, I'M NOT THE TALLEST, I'M NOT THE BIGGEST, I DON'T JUMP VERY HIGH - AVERAGE EVERYWHERE BUT ROBUST FOR SURE."

Caps for france

0

Date Capped

12.03.2005

Nation

France

Position

Lock (5)

100 Test Cap Stadium

Landsdowne Road, Dublin, Ireland

Against

Ireland

Fabien Pelous

With 118 caps (42 of them coming as captain), Fabien Pelous holds the record for the most appearances for the French national team.
Pelous made his debut in 1995 and ascended to captaincy in 2004, leading Les Bleus to the Grand Slam that same year.
He finished his international career after the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Later receiving the International Rugby Players' Association Special Merit Award following his performance during the tournament.
Although the record has now been broken, Pelous retired as the most-capped lock for any nation in rugby history, with 100 of his 118 France appearances at that position. Pelous has since been inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame.