Interesting article, thanks. actually, I am not someone to believe anything that can be found on wikipedia. My point is that more than a 100 years ago the entire team seemed to play like backs. And they still do, maybe more so than ever. So in that respect nothing much changed over the last 11 decades, and especially not the inability of the rest of the world to consistently catch up with them.
Wikipedia: 'A representative New Zealand team, since referred to as the Originals, first toured the British Isles in 1905. The emergence of the name All Blacks occurred during this tour when, according to team member Billy Wallace, a London newspaper reported that the New Zealanders played as if they were "all backs". Wallace claimed that because of a typographical error, subsequent references were to "All Blacks".' »