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…

Brave. But not enough in a brave new world Wales lost by 36-22 in Wellington and with it the Series. But despite the loss and a set piece which made…