KNOWN to his countrymen as Casque d'or (the golden helmet), or Asterix to the rest of us, Jean Pierre Rives is regarded as one of the greatest openside flankers ever to play the sport. He was a rugby cavalier; quick and dashing, with long, golden blonde hair. Blood stained and battle worn, he cut an iconic figure in the blue and white of France.In 1974, aged 22, Rives made his full international debut for France against England at Twickenham. The No 6 from Toulouse was a surprise inclusion but Rives was dominant in the tackle as France romped to a 27-20 victory - a record win for France at Twickenham.
Final Curtain: Jean Pierre Rives' Last International (Scotland 21 France 12, 17 March 1984)
The victory was the beginning of 38 straight Five Nations appearances for the F...