Inevitably, New Zealand has witnessed a generation of success, stardom and splendid players. The country is known for its prominent legacy in a myriad of sports activities and has also gracefully bagged the Rugby World Cup title in its resume.
Perennially, the All Blacks are positioned atop the International Rugby ranking system over the years and had their first play in 1870. Stunningly, NZ has been the only country with a winning record against all Test sides. They have had their share of defeats but won 77% of the international matches. A sheer dominance of winning spree, All Blacks cemented a claim as the best performer when winning the first World Cup on home soil in 1987.
In recent news, the members of the Rugby Hall of Fame and sports betting NZ are clearly breaking the internet. Let’s take a moment to walk down memory lane of the glorious All Blacks journey and the legends who made the country and the jersey so proud!
Three Historic New Zealand Rugby Players
- Jonah Lomu
Hands down, Jonah Lomu is one of the most incredible and important player in the history of Rugby. He was the youngest player to participate in the international game in 1994 and had his illustrious moment in the 1995 World Cup against England.
Stood at 6 foot 5 inches and weighed 119 kilograms, Lomu broke records for his unparalleled speed, strength and imposing physique. He was a reckoned force and was the first winger to be a physical heavyweight. Lomu was celebrated for his agility and known to be a fright train in ballet shoes. We cannot take away the fact from him how he helped All-Blacks win many matches.
- Richie McCaw
Richie McCaw debuted for the All Blacks in 2001 and was a key figure to the team. His victories and wins have been commendable and did complete justice to the title of being the world’s best openside flanker. McCaw mastered the game with his cool head and quick hands. He was the most capped test rugby player of all time for nearly five years and won a joint record three times.
His legendary career outlines countless potential attacks and award winning goals. He was the first union player to win 100 tests and the first All Black to reach 100 caps. In 2021, McCaw was awarded World Cup Rugby player of the decade (2011-2020). His impressive career was also highlighted by the IRB player of the year in 2006.
- Dan Carter
Dan William Carter retired in 2021 and depicted a prestigious craft. His physical attributes and tactical approach towards the game was unmatched. Carter is regarded as the greatest ever first five-eighth (fly-half) in Rugby history and the highest point scorer in the test match Rugby. He holds the record for the most points scored in Super 12/14 history and proudly owns a dynamic skill set. Carter did everything from excellent to perfection with his speed and strength.
Some of his achievements include being named the International Rugby Board Player of the Year in 2005, 2012 and 2015. The three-time World player of the year could have continued with the All-Blacks easily.
Some of the honourable mentions include Tony Woodcock, Justin Marshall, Michael Jones, Ali Williams, Beauden Barrett, Dough Howlett and Kieran Read.