LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31:  Dan Carter of New Zealand poses with the Webb Ellis Cup after victory in the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Pound for pound, Dan Carter is thought by many to be the finest outside-half ever to have graced the game. As a kicker, he has few peers. The stats speak…

(FILES) A file photo taken on June 14, 1987 shows New Zealand's wing John Kirwan (L) passing a Welsh defender (R) in Brisbane during the Rugby World Cup semi-final match between New Zealand and Wales.  Former All Blacks great John Kirwan was appointed head coach of the Auckland Blues on July 17, 2012, replacing Pat Lam at the helm of the underperforming Super 15 franchise.  Kirwan, a 63-Test veteran who has also coached Italy and Japan at Rugby World Cups, said he was thrilled to be returning to New Zealand to coach in Auckland, where be began his career.  AFP/FILES        (Photo credit should read --/AFP/GettyImages)

When John Kirwan sprinted and swerved from his own 22 to cross the Italy try-line during the very first World Cup match in 1987, the All Black couldn’t have guessed…

18 Jun 1995:  Jonah Lomu of New Zealand evades the diving tackle of Rob Andrew of England during the Rugby World Cup Semi Final at the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa. New Zealand won the match 45-29.   Mandatory Credit: Simon Bruty /Allsport

The late Jonah Lomu was a bona fide global superstar. His name can be linked with the term ‘shock and awe’, an effect he had on many at the 1995…

The aura of invincibility settled on the All Blacks in 1924-25 when they won all 30 matches of a four-month march through Europe. The player who, more than any other,…

Action from South Africa vs New Zealand in a rugby test series match at the Boet Erasmus Stadium, Port Elizabeth, 31st August 1960, South Africa beat the All Blacks 8-3. From left to right Abe Malan, Ron Horsley, Kuhn, Don Clarke,  Lockyear, Hugo van Zyl, Avril Malan, MacEwan, K C Briscoe, Meads and Pilser. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

He wouldn’t have troubled Christian Cullen, one of his Kiwi successors, in a foot race but class come in different packages. And Don Clarke was class all right. At 6ft…

NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 23:  New cap All Black Christian Cullen dives over for his second try against Manu Samoa in the test at McLean Park, Napier, Friday. The All Blacks won 5110.  (Photo by Kenny Rodger/Getty Images)

Like a lightening bolt, Christian Cullen flashed dramatically into the rugby firmament and then disappeared, his Test career ending when he was only 26. It was time enough to imprint…

Wallaroos v Black Ferns - Second Test

Perhaps the most accomplished women’s rugby player ever to grace the game, Anna Richards won the last of her four World Cups as a 45-year-old in 2010, pulling the strings…

Black Fern's captain Farah Palmer throws the ball

Unquestionably one of the most respected leaders in women’s rugby history, Farah Palmer led the Black Ferns to total dominance following her debut in 1996, captaining the team to World…

All Blacks scrum-half Justin Marshall (C

France, at the old Parc des Princes, is nobody’s idea of an easy Test debut but Laurie Mains had a clear motive for giving Justin Marshall his All Black bow…

le capitaine et demi de mêlée de l'équipe de Nouvelle-Zélande de rugby, David Kirk, soutenu par son coéquipier John Kirwan, marque un essai malgré le plaquage du trois-quarts français Patrice Lagisquet, le 20 juin 1987 à l'Eden Park d'Auckland, lors de la finale de la Coupe du monde de rugby. 

New Zealand team captain and scrum-half, David Kirk, helped by teammate John Kirwan, scores a try despite being tackled by French wing Patrice Lagisquet 20 June 1987 at Eden Park in Auckland during the Rugby World Cup final. AFP/GEORGES GOBET / AFP / GEORGES GOBET        (Photo credit should read GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images)

David Kirk will forever be remembered as the man who held aloft the first World Cup in 1987. The scrum-half from Wellington led a stellar team featuring John Kirwan, Michael…