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Tony Woodcock

THE MOST-CAPPED All Blacks prop and a Super Rugby centurion, Tony Woodcock’s experience, rugged scrummaging and professionalism are the gold standard for international front rowers.

The sheep and dairy farmer and family man has played for North Harbour since 2000 and for the Blues since 2003, where his strength and versatility have been prized assets. He has been a feature in national teams including New Zealand Under 16, Under 19 and Under 21 as well as the New Zealand Barbarians.

While his reputation is built on strong scrummaging and hard graft, Woodcock is a mobile prop with good ball skills who can break out when presented with an open field.

He has been a feature in national teams since he played for New Zealand Under 16 in 1997, chalking up appearances for New Zealand Under 19, New Zealand Under 21 and the New Zealand Barbarians along the way. He was one of six members of New Zealand's Junior World Cup winning Under-19 side from Wales in 1999 to make the All Blacks - alongside Jerry Collins, Aaron Mauger, Richie McCaw, Mils Muliaina and Bradley Mika.

The workhorse forward became the first choice All Blacks prop, with many commentators around the world noting that Woodcock was arguably become the best loosehead prop in world rugby. 

In 2008 he became the first All Blacks prop in over a half century to score a double against the Wallabies.

Player
Position:
Prop
Born:
27/01/1981
Physical:
1.84m, 120kg
Test Debut:
23/11/2002 v Wales at Cardiff
Test Points Breakdown:
9t
Test Points:
45
Provincial Team:
North Harbour
Provincial Debut:
2000 v Waikato
Provincial Caps:
53
Provincial Points:
10 (2t)
Super Rugby Team:
Highlanders
Super Rugby Debut:
2002 v Hurricanes
Super Rugby Caps:
103

Career Comments

  • • First propped the Blues scrum at just 20 years of age, played for a remarkable three New Zealand Under 21 teams, and made his All Blacks debut shortly before his 22nd birthday.

    • Has been a mainstay in the All Blacks front row since 2003.

    • His absence with the All Blacks for the first two games of the 2004 Air New Zealand NPC prevented his playing every game for North Harbour between 2001–2004. He did not miss a minute in 2002 or 2003.

Test Match record

(+) subsitute (-) replaced

2002
Nov 23 v Wales at Cardiff 43-17

2004
Jun 12 v England at Dunedin 36-3 (+)
Jun 19 v England at Auckland 36-12 (+)
Jun 26 v Argentina at Hamilton 41-7
Nov 20 v Wales at Cardiff 26-25 (-)
Nov 27 v France at Paris 45-6 (-)

2005
Jun 10 v Fiji at Albany 91-0(-)
Jun 25 v British & Irish Lions at Christchurch 21-3 (-)
Jul 2 v British & Irish Lions at Wellington 48-18 (-)
Jul 9 v British & Irish Lions at Auckland 38-19 (-)
Aug 7 v South Africa at Cape Town 16-22
Aug 13 v Australia at Sydney 30-13
Aug 27 v South Africa at Dunedin 31-27
Sep 3 v Australia at Auckland 34-24
Nov 5 v Wales at Cardiff 41-3 (+)
Nov 12 v Ireland at Dublin 45-7 (-)
Nov 19 v England at London 23-19

2006
24 Jun v Argentina at Buenos Aires 25-19 (-)
Jul 8 v Australia at Christchurch 32-12 (-)
Jul 29 v Australia at Brisbane 13-9 (-)
Aug 19 v Australia at Auckland 34-27
Aug 26 v South Africa at Pretoria 45-26 (+)
Sep 2 v South Africa at Rustenberg 20-21 (-)
Nov 6 v England at London 41-20 (-)
Nov 12 v France at Lyon 47-3 (-)
Nov 19 v France at Paris 23-11 (-)
Nov 26 v Wales at Cardiff 45-10 (+)

2007
2 Jun v France at Auckland 42-11
9 Jun v France at Wellington 61-10 (-)
23 June v South Africa at Durban 26-21
30 June v Australia at Melbourne 15-20 (-)
14 July v South Africa at Christchurch 33-6
21 July v Australia at Auckland 26-12
8 Sept v Italy (RWC) at Marseille 76-14 (-)
15 Sept v Portugal (RWC) at Lyon 108-13 (+)
23 Sep v Scotland (RWC) at Edinburgh 40-0
7 Sept v France (RWC) at Cardiff 18-20 (-)

2008
21 Jun v England at Christchurch 44-12 (+)
5 July v South Africa at Wellington 19-8
12 July v South Africa at Dunedin 28-30
26 July v Australia at Sydney 19-34
2 Aug v Australia at Auckland 39-10
17 Aug v South Africa at Capetown 19-0
3 Sept v Samoa at New Plymouth 101-14 (-)
13 Sept v Australia at Brisbane 28-24
1 Nov v Australia at Hong Kong 19-14
16 Nov v Ireland at Dublin 22-3 (-)
23 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 29-9
30 Nov v England at London 32-6

2009
13 June v France at Dunedin 22-27
20 June v France at Wellington 14-10
27 June v Italy at Christchurch 27-6 (+)
18 July v Australia at Auckland 22-16
26 July v South Africa at Bloemfontain 19-28
2 Aug v South Africa at Durban 19-31
22 Aug v Australia at Sydney 19-18
12 Sept v South Africa at Hamilton 29-32
19 Sept v Australia at Wellington 33-6
31 Oct v Australia at Tokyo 32-19
22 Nov v England at London 19-6
29 Nov v France at Marseilles 39-12

2010
19 June v Wales at Dunedin 42-9 (+)
26 Jun v Wales at Hamilton 29-10
10 July v South Africa at Auckland 32-12
17 July v South Africa at Wellington 31-17
31 July v Australia at Melbourne 49-28
7 Aug v Australia at Christchurch 20-10
22 Aug v South Africa at Johannesburg 29-22
11 Sept v Australia at Sydney 23-22
30 Oct v Australia at Hong Kong 24-26
07 Nov v England at London 26-16
14 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 49-3
21 Nov vs Ireland at Dublin 38-18
28 Nov vs Wales at Cardiff 37-25 

2011
21 Aug v South Africa at Port Elizabeth 5-18
27 Aug v Australia at Brisbane 20-25
9 Sept v Tonga (RWC) at Auckland 41-10 (-)
16 Sept v Japan (RWC) at Hamilton 83-7
24 Sep v France (RWC) at Auckland 37-17
2 Oct v Canada (RWC) at Wellington 79-15 (-)
10 Oct v Argentina (RWC) at Auckland 33-10
16 Oct v Australia (RWC) at Auckland 20-6
23 Oct v France (RWC final) at Auckland 8-7

2012
9 June v Ireland at Auckland 42-10
16 June v Ireland at Christchurch 22-19
23 June v Ireland at Hamilton 60-0 (-)
18 Aug v Australia at Sydney 27-19 (-)
8 Sep v Argentina at Wellington 21-5
15 Sep v South Africa at Dunedin 21-11
30 Sep v Argentina at La Plata 54-15
7 Oct v South Africa at Johannesburg 32-16
20 Oct v Australia at Brisbane 18-18
12 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 51-22 (+)
18 Nov v Italy at Rome 42-10 (-)
15 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 33-10 (-)
2 Dec v England at London 21-38 (-)

2013
15 June v France at Christchurch 30-0 (+)
22 June v France at New Plymouth 24-9 (+)
17 August v Australia at Sydney 47-29 (-)
24 August v Australia at Wellington 27-16
7 Sept v Argentina at Hamilton 28-13 (-)
14 Sept v South Africa at Auckland 29-15 (-)
28 Sep v Argentina at La Plata 33-15 (-)
5 Oct v South Africa at Johannesburg 38-27 (-)
19 Oct v Australia at Dunedin 41-33 (-) 
10 Nov v France at Paris 26-19 (-)
17 Nov v England at London 30-22 (-)

2014
7 June v England at Auckland 20-15 (-)
14 June v England at Dunedin 28-27 (-)
21 Jun vs England at Hamilton 36-13 (-)