3. Olo Brown
Brown edges Carl Hayman out of the tight-head spot.
He seemed immovable no matter the opposition and was the bedrock of the All Black pack that secured its first series win in South Africa in 1996.
He earned 56 caps, with the only game he missed coming when he was rested as New Zealand’s second string dismantled Japan at the 1995 World Cup. The All Blacks scrum suffered after his career ended due to injury in 1998.
2. Sean Fitzpatrick
Fitzpatrick could scrummage, run, tackle and talk like no other hooker before or since.
He captained New Zealand for 51 of his 92 caps and stands head and shoulders above the competition. He was the most inspirational leader the All Blacks have ever had.
1. Tony Woodcock
Woodcock’s longevity at the coalface gets him ahead of Craig Dowd for this shirt.
He has been solid as a rock for the All Blacks in the scrum and has added superb passing and running skills, essential for New Zealand’s style of play.
He scored the try that won New Zealand the World Cup in 2011 and has won 107 caps and counting.
Prop forwards are usually the quiet strong men of any great side. Woodcock keeps that tradition alive and well. His deeds speak volumes for him.