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…

Ian Kirkpatrick

Major teams: Poverty Bay, Canterbury Country: New Zealand 
Test span: 1967-77 New Zealand caps: 39 (38 starts) Test points: 57 (16T) When he emerged in the mid-1960s, flankers usually played…

Jerry Collins

Major teams: Wellington, Hurricanes, Ospreys, Toulon Country: New Zealand Test span: 2001-07 Test caps: 48 (42 starts) Test points: 25 (5T) There are back-rows who have been capped more, players…

Wayne Shelford of New Zealand

Major teams: North Harbour, Northampton     Country: New Zealand Test span: 1986-90 New Zealand caps: 22 (22 starts)
 Test points: 20 (5T) When debates rage over the hardest men to…

How many forwards are best remembered for kicking a drop-goal? Not many, but the extraordinary kick Zinzan Brooke slotted from almost 50m out during New Zealand’s 1995 World Cup semi-final…

Michael Jones of New Zealand

Major teams: Auckland, Blues Countries: Western Samoa, New Zealand
 Test span: 1986-98 Western Samoa caps: One (one start) New Zealand caps: 55 (54 starts) Test points: 56 (13T) John Hart’s…

Ardie Savea had a whale of a game against Sam Cane, the incumbent All Blacks No 7, in the Hurricanes’ Super Rugby semi-final win over the Chiefs in Wellington. From…

Lions

Although Wales eventually lost the Test series 3-0 to the All Blacks, nobody could claim they did not go down fighting. Wales scored five tries in the first two Tests…

By Alex Shaw To coin a phrase from legendary former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, it’s squeaky bum time in Super Rugby. With just two rounds of regular season…