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Popularly known as the Kiwis, they became one of the most influential and significant teams in rugby history.
They were described, by 1905 hooker George Tyler no less, as the weakest team New Zealand had fielded.
It was fitting, given that New Zealand was one of the countries that pushed hardest for the introduction of the World Cup, that the first cup was won by the All Blacks.
Fred Allen had a distinguished career as a rugby player, including being All Black captain, but it was as a coach that he gained an unmatched status.
One of three brothers to play rugby for New Zealand, Brownlie is regarded as one of the greatest loose forwards the All Blacks have had.
Though his records have been broken, Don Clarke’s status as a supreme All Black fullback remains undimmed.
Even 50 years after his career, Cooke was still being described as one of the most instinctively brilliant backs seen in New Zealand, even by people who had never seen him play.
Sean Fitzpatrick played more tests for the All Blacks than anyone else, captained them more than anyone else.
Grant Fox was a prolific points scorer and astute tactician for Auckland and the All Blacks during the 80s when both were dominant.
He was captain of the Original All Blacks in 1905 and a commanding figure in New Zealand rugby early in the 20th century.
Ron Jarden was one of the outstanding wings in New Zealand rugby and his scoring ratio – 145 tries in 134 first-class matches – is all the more noteworthy considering a lack of emphasis on back play during his era.
John Kirwan was one of the most devastating wing threequarters to play rugby for New Zealand; when in top form, he was an irresistible try-scorer as his 35 tries in 63 test matches indicates (plus another 32 tries in non-test matches).
Ian Kirkpatrick was one of New Zealand rugby’s finest loose forwards and for a time held the record, for backs or forwards, for scoring tries in tests.
One of the most respected people in New Zealand sport, Sir Brian Lochore was an All Black loose forward from 1963 to 1971 and one of New Zealand’s most successful captains from 1966 to 1970.
Jonah Lomu was a player beyond the normal measures of achievement in sport. They were for other people; Lomu was unique.
Regarded by many as the epitome of the hard, rugged New Zealand rugby forward, Colin Meads’s international career lasted from 1957 until 1971 and he continued playing first-class rugby for another two years after that.
From the first, in the early to mid-70s when Graham Mourie was chosen for Wellington and the New Zealand Juniors, it was evident that he was an All Black captain in waiting.
Nepia was the 19-year-old sensation on the Invincible All Blacks’ tour of Britain and Canada in 1924-25.
One of the most influential All Blacks of the 1920s and the most noted member of an extraordinarily successful Petone sporting family.
Bob Scott was described by rugby commentator Winston McCarthy as a footballing genius, and there would be few who would disagree.
"Bronco" Seeling was an outstanding forward in the Original All Blacks of 1905 and renowned for his tackling and his strength.
“Buck” Shelford captured the imagination of the New Zealand rugby public during his six years in the All Blacks, during which he played 48 times and was unbeaten as test captain between 1988 and 1990.
Skinner was one of the great All Black props of the 40s and early 50s but his fame almost entirely centres on his coming out of retirement in 1956 to bolster the New Zealand pack against South Africa in one of the most tumultuous series New Zealand has seen.
A remarkably versatile sportsman, Smith had international success as an athlete, a rugby player and a league player, but it was as a jockey that he first made a national mark.
There wasn’t much in sport that Eric Tindill didn’t or couldn’t do. Mostly a halfback but sometimes a first five-eighth, he played 17 times for the All Blacks between 1935 and 1938.