On This Day
France captain Thierry Dusautoir was named the International Rugby Board’s Player of the Year.
The Toulouse flanker, who had been the outstanding performer in his country’s Rugby World Cup final defeat by New Zealand, beat off competition from All Blacks trio Ma’a Nonu, Piri Weepu and Jerome Kaino, and Wallabies duo David Pocock and Will Genia to land the award.
Legendary scrum-half Fabien Galthie had been the only Frenchman to have previously earned the accolade, in 2002.
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