New Zealand’s All Blacks are undoubtedly one of the most if not the most successful rugby side in the world. They are the current holders of the Rugby World Cup, and they have also won the trophy three times. That is more than any other side has managed. As a result, you expect a ton of great players to have worn the All Black’s jersey. Here are a few of those who stood out from more than 650 players to have worn the shirt.
He was born on 12th May 1975 and died in 2015 aged 40 years. He played for the All Blacks between 1994 and 2001. He became the youngest player to have ever worn the jersey at the age of 19years and 45days. He played as a winger, and his game was characterised by great speed and power. He was included in the international rugby Hall of Fame in 2007 and in 2011.
He wore the All Black’s jersey from 1988 to 1997. He captained the side from 1992 to his retirement in 1997. Although he didn’t manage to win a World Cup trophy, the 1996 side he captained is still remembered as one of the most formidable sides in rugby history. They managed to reach the 1995 world cup finals unbeaten but succumbed to an extra-time dropkick by South Africa.
Richie is arguably one of the most decorated rugby players of this century. He played for the All Blacks from 2001 to 2015. He is the most capped player in the history of New Zealand. He captained the side in more than 100 matches. He has also won the rugby world cup on two occasions- in 2011 and 2015- becoming one among only twenty other players to have done so.