Date posted: 07/02/2013

Gilbert Rugby are proud to announce the re-signing of Stade Toulousain Captain and France International, Thierry Dusautoir, on a long-term deal as a Gilbert brand ambassador. Nicknamed The Dark Destroyer, Thierry is widely recognised as a one of the best players in the World, having recently been IRB Player of the Year, he also led France to the Rugby World Cup Final 2011, in which he was named Man of the match and scored his sides only try.Thierry Dusautoir endorsing Gilbert Virtuo 12 Shoulder Pads

Thierry is part of the current France 2013 RBS 6 Nations squad and will Captain the side against Wales in the 2nd Round fixture on Saturday.

“We are naturally delighted that Thierry has chosen to extend his relationship with Gilbert. Having tested our body armour and head guards to the full over the past few years it speaks volumes for our product that a player such as Thierry had no hesitation in continuing to wear them – we wish Thierry, Toulouse and France well for the rest of the season” said Andrew Challis, Gilbert Brand Manager Worldwide.

Of the new deal, Thierry said, “I am delighted to have signed a new deal with Gilbert Rugby to wear Gilbert Body Armour and Headguards. This new deal coincides with my return to fitness for Toulouse and France. After a week of intense training, we will play our second match against the Welsh at the Stade de France on Saturday. This match also marks my return to as Captain of the France team. I thank you for your support during my injury and for giving me the energy to return to Team France. Now, the most important thing for me and the hardest thing is to remain fit and stay in the French squad.”

Thierry Dusautoir endorsing the Virtuo Headguard

Thierry endorses the Virtuo 12 Body Armour and Virtuo Headguard and joins current Gilbert ambassadors Berrick Barnes, Richard Hibbard, Aaron Shingler, Tom Palmer, Todd Clever and Liam Gill.

Thierry Dusautoir
DOB: 18/11/1981
Country: Côte d’Ivoire (Represents France)
Height: 188cm
Weight: 100kg
Position: Flanker
France Caps: 55

For further information please contact Andrew Challis, Gilbert Brand Manager Worldwide Andrew@gilbertrugby.com