All Blacks, 1924
Inducted in 1990
They were described, by 1905 hooker George Tyler no less, as the weakest team New Zealand had fielded.
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That was after a brief tour of Australia and a loss to Auckland. But when they returned unbeaten from their 32-match tour of the British Isles, France and Canada, they were enthusiastically greeted by New Zealanders as the best All Black team of all time.

Captained by wing forward Cliff Porter and including such luminaries as George Nepia - who played in every match — Bert Cooke and Maurice Brownlie, the 1924-25 All Blacks were apprehensive before their tour because they wondered if they could do as well as their 1905 predecessors, who had lost only to Wales.

They did better and remain the only All Black team to win every match on such a tour. Invincible they were and the Invincibles they remain.

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