Christian Cullen takes on France at the 1999 World Cup

Major teams: Manawatu, Wellington, Hurricanes, Munster Country: New Zealand Test span: 1996-2002 Test caps: 58 (56 starts) Test points: 236 (46T, 3C) Like a lightning bolt, he flashed dramatically into the…

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…

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…

Justin Marshall makes a break

Major teams: Canterbury, Crusaders, Leeds, Ospreys, Montpellier, Saracens Test span: 1995-2005 Test caps: 81 (74 starts) Test points: 120 (24T) France, at the old Parc des Princes, is nobody’s idea…

David Kirk holds aloft the Webb Ellis Cup

Major teams: Auckland Country: New Zealand Test span: 1985-87 Test caps: 17 (17 starts) Test points: 24 (6T) The No 9 from Wellington led a stellar team featuring John Kirwan,…

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…

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…