Seeing All Black: New Zealand’s greatest XV

Ben Darvill

Rugby is a very different game from most other sports. Whereas there are always moving pieces at the top of the world rankings, there is no such thing in the hardest hitting game around. New Zealand seem to always be at the top of the world and nobody can claim that they don’t deserve to be.

Interestingly, England have improved massively in recent years, becoming the second best team in the world and a genuine world-class prospect, but they are still a long way off the All Blacks which shows just how big the gap between the best and the rest is.

With so many world-class players gracing New Zealand’s current side, and some of the greatest players ever pulling on the black shirt, we have painstakingly compiled out greatest New Zealand XV:

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So there you have it. The team is packed full of some of the greatest talent to have ever played the game. Some of the older amongst you will claim that there are a lot of recent Kiwi players in the team, but that is because it is incredibly tough to omit many of the double World Cup winning players.

It shows the depth of New Zealand that legends like Jerry Collins, Joe Rokocoko and Keven Mealamu haven’t made the cut on this attempt, meaning that the fans of the All Blacks have been absolutely spoiled for choice in the world class bracket from the first day of the Kiwi’s inception into rugby.

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