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…

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As the son of an All Black, Sean Fitzpatrick had genetics on his side. But it took some epiphanic moments to ensure he went the distance in a career that…

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Sir Colin Meads, through his rugby achievements, is honoured as probably New Zealand’s greatest living citizen and probably the greatest All Black of them all. Between 1957 and 1971 he…

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The foundation stone on which New Zealand’s great pack of the 1990s was built, Olo Brown was one of the finest props world rugby has seen, but also one of…

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Carl Hayman made his Test debut from the bench against Samoa at North Harbour in June 2001, the same game that saw back-rower Marty Holah and prop Mark Ranby open…

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Sir Wilson Whineray was that rugby rarity, a loosehead who had scrummaging maturity beyond his years. The New Zealander’s star shone brightly from the day he made his Test debut…

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Props rarely get much glory but if they did, Craig Dowd would be among the most lauded of all because he was one of the foundation stones upon which the…

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Sometimes a player leaves an indelible imprint on the game, making a change that outlasts his own playing days. All Black Ian Kirkpatrick belongs to that select band. When he…