Former players pick their All Blacks legends XV as France clash nears

Four France-based ex All Blacks have voted for their All Blacks 'Legends XV' ahead of the international test tomorrow between New Zealand and France in Paris.

Ali Williams, Chris Masoe, Joe Rokocoko and Casey Laulala were interviewed by French paper Midi Olympique, and the four former All Blacks voted for players in each position that they thought were the greatest in black.

There were only three unanimous picks among their selections, in Dan Carter, Jonah Lomu and Jerry Collins.


There was only one split vote, with the players unable to choose between recently retired Richie McCaw and Michael Jones as the starting seven.

There were some surprising omissions, with Christian Cullen, Sean Fitzpatrick, Colin Meads and John Kirwan among those unlucky to miss out. Only two current All Blacks made the team in Kieran Read and Brodie Retallick.

MIDI OLYMPIQUE'S ALL BLACKS LEGENDS XV: Mils Muliaina, Joe Rokocoko, Tana Umaga, Ma'a Nonu, Jonah Lomu, Dan Carter, David Kirk, Kieran Read, Michael Jones/Richie McCaw, Jerry Collins, Brodie Retallick, Brad Thorn, Carl Hayman, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock.

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