?>
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

WATCH: All time greatest All Black pack picked by World Cup winning coaches

BY Philip Bendon  ·  Tuesday Sep 19, 2023

No coaches in rugby have achieved more success than All Blacks trio Sir Graham Henry, Sir Steve Hansen and Sir Wayne Smith.

ADVERTISEMENT

Architects of the All Blacks World Cup victories in 2011 and 2015, the trio took New Zealand Rugby from the doldrums to the top of the world.

Henry who coached the All Blacks last time the Rugby World Cup was in France back in 2007 would hand the batten to Hansen at the conclusion of the successful 2011 campaign.

From here Hansen would retain the title in 2015 before coming up just short in 2019 against a phenomenal England side coached by Eddie Jones.

Smith who was All Blacks head coach between 1999-2001 would play a key role in both the 2011 and 2015 successes as well as leading New Zealand’s women’s team the Black Ferns twelve consecutive victories and a World Cup title in 2022.

With such impressive credentials amongst them, there are few people better placed to pick an ultimate All Blacks XV.

Sitting down to select their ultimate team as part of New Zealand Rugby’s mini-series “All Blacks Masterminds”. The trio selected their dream forward pack in Episode 1.

ADVERTISEMENT

Following much debate, the pack they chose looked as follows:

1. Tony Woodcock
2. Sean Fitzpatrick
3. Ken Gray
4. Brodie Retallick
5. Colin Meads
6. Ian Kirkpatrick
7. Richie McCaw
8. Zinzan Brooke

To watch the full video and debate the trio hand, see below.

ADVERTISEMENT

Related Articles

  • 12 WEEKS AGO

    Bristol Bears break 20-year record with victory...

  • 12 WEEKS AGO

    All Blacks star Jordie Barrett discusses...

  • 12 WEEKS AGO

    Gloucester's next 'Rees-Zammit' scores incredible...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 17 HOURS AGO

    Wallabies star Filipo Daugunu commites daylight robbery for superb try against Wales

  • 19 HOURS AGO

    Wallabies score incredible end-to-end try under immense pressure from Wales

  • 20 HOURS AGO

    Beauden Barrett sets up EXCEPTIONAL All Blacks try to take the lead against England

  • 21 HOURS AGO

    WATCH: Smith and Freeman combine to put England in front in Auckland

  • 21 HOURS AGO

    Two incredible tries in the space of two minutes as All Blacks and England come out swinging

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    England enforcer's tour could be over following red card vs Japan

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Pitch invader melted in thunderous tackle

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bath's Beno Obano shown red in the Premiership final

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    World Player of the Year BANNED heading into Paris Olympics following horror challenge during Madrid SVNS

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Debate surrounding ludicrous rugby league tackle leaves union fans baffled

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 12 HOURS AGO

    Magnificent Frawley drop goal seals Irish victory in Durban as Kolbe accused of 'diving'

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Northampton fans dismayed as 'dismal' new badge revealed

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Fans bemused as France make use of 'attacking' new rule for defensive purpsoes

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Crazy end to France vs All Blacks match as TMO involved in final kick

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Rugby 25 early access given shock release

View All

Funnies

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Wild changing room scenes as Toulouse begin their Top 14 victory celebrations

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Footage emerges of Handre Pollard before his famous RWC semi penalty

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    'I don't think I've found a front rower that is normal' - Joe Marler

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Rassie Erasmus's underrated mental warfare ahead of Ireland series

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Rugby brotherhood on full display between three South African Rugby legends

View All

Amateur

  • 79 WEEKS AGO

    You Won’t See Many Better Than This Silky-Smooth Try From Llandovery RFC

  • 79 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes As Caldy RFC Hand Ealing First Championship Defeat Of The Season

  • 102 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 102 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 102 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

View All

Player Features

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Ringrose in for Aki as Farrell names Ireland squad to face Springboks

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Match preview: All Blacks vs England

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Japanese club confirms three big name overseas signings

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Semi-finalists decided after torrential rain disrupts final round of pool matches

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Ireland to face most capped starting XV in Springbok history

View All