France captain Fabien Pelous believes that it is his 'durability' and not his talent which has kept him at the top of international rugby for the past 10 years.
The 32-year-old Toulouse and national team captain will celebrate his 100th cap when Les Bleus travel to unbeaten Ireland for their fourth RBS 6 Nations clash on March 12.
Pelous, whose ultimate career goal is to lift the World Cup trophy in France in 2007, made his international debut in 1995 against Romania and has become a key element for the national squad throughout the years.
He succeeded Fabien Galthie as captain for the 2004 RBS 6 Nations and led his side to their second Grand Slam in three years, and the fourth in his career.
But he approaches the 100-cap mark convinced that his consistency rather than his ability has enabled him to reach this milestone with Philippe Sella's record tally of 111 for France now within his sights.
"I am very proud of reaching such a huge amount of caps but that's all," Pelous told L'Equipe.
"It shows my capacity to be regular and above all my durability.
"I have never been an exceptional player. I was never the fastest, the tallest or the heaviest.
"I was average, but sturdy, and this is certainly what helped me remain at the top for so long."
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