WORLD RUGBY HALL OF FAME - INDUCTEE NO.135 – FABIEN PELOUS
Born: 7 December, 1973 in Toulouse, France
Fabien Pelous is the most capped French player in history with 118 test appearances to his name in 12 years as an international.
A totem of Les Bleus’ pack from 1995-2007, Pelous was the first second-row and only the second Frenchman after Philippe Sella to reach a century of caps. At the time, Pelous described himself as “average” but such modesty belies the esteem others held him in.
Never giving less than 100 per cent, Pelous’ spirit and robustness in the heat of battle made him perfect captaincy material. He led France 42 times, including at two Rugby World Cups, and only Thierry Dusautoir has captained Les Bleus on more occasions.
Twelve of his 18 seasons as a professional were with Toulouse, where he helped his hometown club to win two European Cups and three French Championships before announcing his retirement at the end of the 2008-09 season.
Inducted in November 2017