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All Blacks, 1905
Inducted in 1990
The Original All Blacks established the patterns for all to follow, showing that while the birth of rugby may have been in Britain, its real development was in New Zealand.
Sporting Category:
  • Rugby Union
They scored 976 points in 35 matches in Britain, France and North America, while conceding only 59. They lost only one match, 0-3 against Wales, itself establishing a platform of enduring folklore.

The All Blacks’ style of play was revolutionary, showing that interpassing between backs and forwards could be an effective part of the game and, among other things, that forwards with designated positions would always be more effective than the hitherto ruling philosophy of “first there, first down”.

They were the first New Zealand team to be known as the All Blacks.

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