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7: Jean-Pierre Rives
Jean-Pierre Rives
Born: 31 Dec 1952
Nationality: French
Position: Flanker
Caps: 59
Debut: v England 01/02/75
Test: v Scotland 17/03/84
Did you know? Reeves has acted in several French films
A cult figure in France, Rives was a fearless open-side flanker whose mane of blond hair earned him the nickname 'Casque d'Or' (Golden Helmet).

Born in Toulouse on New Year's Eve 1952, Rives cultivated an all-or-nothing style of rugby and formed arguably one of the game's greatest back-row combinations with Jean-Claude Skrela and Jean-Pierre Bastiat in the 1970s.

He became a favourite both at home and abroad and captained his country to victory over the All Blacks as well as the Grand Slam in 1981.

After winning 59 caps for France - 34 as captain, a record that still stands - Rives swapped rugby for art.

Now a successful sculptor, he also owns a restaurant and splits his time between Paris and Ibiza.




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