The Herald's 20 greatest All Blacks
The Herald's 20 greatest All Blacks

The Herald has picked the 20 greatest players to wear the black jersey in the modern era. The list features stars from the…

Pick your 20 greatest All Blacks
Pick your 20 greatest All Blacks

The Herald has selected its 20 greatest All Blacks. Now it's your turn. Do you agree with the Herald's list of greats?

Colin Meads - Pinetree: biggest legend of them all
Colin Meads - Pinetree: biggest legend of them all

Where do you start with Colin Earl Meads who is, by performance, reputation and acclaim, the greatest All Black and Player…

Jonah Lomu - From star struck teen to rugby machine
Jonah Lomu - From star struck teen to rugby machine

The youngest All Black quickly found his place in history, writes Wynne Gray. As he waited to see All Black manager…

20 All Black Greats

Richie McCaw - For the love of the game

Richie McCaw - For the love of the game

Captain's passion for rugby started early, writes David Leggat. Richie McCaw first became acquainted with the All Blacks in 1987. It was World Cup year and down in Kurow, 55km inland from Oamaru, the then 7-year-old…

Sean Fitzpatrick - Proud just to be part of legacy

Sean Fitzpatrick - Proud just to be part of legacy

From high of first jersey to relief of finally leaving, Wynne Gray chats to the great hooker. Sean Fitzpatrick's proudest All Black moment came in late June, 1986 at Lancaster Park. He chased the kick-off as his…

Dan Carter - Dynamic Dan hard man to outshine

Dan Carter - Dynamic Dan hard man to outshine

Practice in a gherkin field set him up, writes Dylan Cleaver. Read it one of two ways: Dan Carter's omission from the 2004 Rugby Almanack's list of five promising players was either an embarrassing oversight for the…

Michael Jones - 'Iceman' set standard

Michael Jones - 'Iceman' set standard

Fine flanker tackled like a demon, writes David Leggat It was in Whangarei on the night of the final All Black trial for the 1987 World Cup. The squad has just been named live on national television, and several All…

Christian Cullen - Speed demon with smarts

Christian Cullen - Speed demon with smarts

The Paekakariki Express was first class on all its journeys, writes Chris Rattue. In hindsight you always have a few regrets and that was one. Fullback was my true position and I would love to have played there on the…

John Kirwan - Great sporting ride

John Kirwan - Great sporting ride

For JK, nothing compared to touring the world with the All Blacks, writes Wynne Gray. Mention the All Blacks and John Kirwan gets seriously animated. He has surfed through life on his ability and that team's reputation…

Ken Gray - 'Hoodeyes' put best to the test

Ken Gray - 'Hoodeyes' put best to the test

Ken Gray gave even Colin Meads a run for his money in their era, writes David Leggat. The greatest All Black? Simple. Colin Meads, right? It is a general assumption that the King Country farmer was the finest of all…

Zinzan Brooke - Tough No 8 always had the special wow factor

Zinzan Brooke - Tough No 8 always had the special wow factor

For a player who made rugby look ridiculously easy, Zinzan Brooke's path to greatness was strewn with obstacles. A prodigiously talented back-row forward, Brooke tossed aside the book of convention as easily as he did…

Wayne Shelford - Mighty Buck led dynamic team

Wayne Shelford - Mighty Buck led dynamic team

All the memories about 1987 and winning the World Cup remain warm and exciting for Wayne Shelford. From late that year when he took over as captain, to his sacking three years later, the All Blacks were undefeated in…

Bruce Robertson - Centre with a touch of class

Bruce Robertson - Centre with a touch of class

In an era before the word "glamour" could be much associated with the All Blacks, Bruce Robertson gave the team an injection of genuine star power. This had nothing to do with the underwear billboards or social page…

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