World Rugby Hall of Fame – Induction No.115 – Jean-Pierre Rives (France) 1952-

One of 25 legends inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame at Wembley Stadium, London, on 20 September, 2015.

Born: 31 December, 1952 in Toulouse, France

With his shock of blonde hair and fearlessness in the heat of battle, flanker Jean-Pierre Rives became a firm favourite at home and abroad during an international career that spanned nine years from 1975-84.

Standing 1.8m tall and weighing only 82kgs, Rives was considered on the small side for a forward even in the amateur days. However he made up for his lack of pounds and inches with a guts-and-glory style of play that saw him punch well above his weight in the tackle and helped inspire France to Grand Slam success in 1977 and 1981.

As captain, Rives led from the front as France recorded their first victory over the All Blacks in New Zealand in 1979. He wore the captain’s armband a total of 34 times until a succession of shoulder problems forced him to retire at the age of 31. All told, Rives won 59 caps for his country and scored five tries.