WATCH: EVERY single one of Thierry Dusautoir's 38-tackles against the All Blacks in 2007

WATCH: EVERY single one of Thierry Dusautoir's 38-tackles against the All Blacks in 2007

Former France captain Thierry Dusautoir was world-renowned for his incredible work rate and effective tackling earning him the nickname "The Dark Destroyer" during his 16-year long career.


Over his 80 test caps for Les Bleus, there are two performances in particular that certainly stand out above the rest. We take a look at one of those games being the 2007 Rugby World Cup quarter-final win over the All Blacks. The Dark Destroyer made a mind-blowing 38 tackles in 80 minutes which eclipsed the All Blacks entire team's effort of 78 in the same game. 


One of his 38 tackles forced the late great Jerry Collins off the pitch, a man renowned for making big hits himself. Dusautoir smashed into Collins' thighs so hard that he was left limping. Collins played on until 63 minutes, but his thigh had to be heavily strapped at half time and Richie McCaw said in his autobiography that the hit by Dusautoir prevented Collins from having his usual impact on the match and he was subbed off for Chris Masoe earlier than had been planned.


 

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