We have analysed every All Blacks Rugby World Cup campaign from 1987-2015 to select four players in each position, now it is up to the fans to select the final team.
Who will you select as your loosehead prop? The finalists are:
Joe Moody (2015) Joe Moody went from not being included in the All Blacks initial squad to World Cup hero in 2015. Joe Moody joined the All Blacks squad following injuries to props Tony Woodcock and Wyatt Crockett. He begun with a powerhouse performance from the bench against France in the quarterfinal before starting in the semifinal against South Africa and final against Australia.
Tony Woodcock (2007, 2011, 2015) Very few people would have picked prop Tony Woodcock to score the All Blacks only try of the 2011 Rugby World Cup final. With the score locked at 0-0 after 15 minutes, the All Blacks threw to the back of the lineout and tossed the ball straight back to Woodcock who ran a brilliant channel through the middle and all the way to the try-line. In the end, the try was crucial in the All Blacks 8-7 final win. Woodcock ended with 14 Tests played across World Cups in 2007, 2011 and 2015.
Steve McDowall (1987, 1991) A powerhouse at scrum-time and imposing in all tight exchanges, Steve McDowall was a staple member of the All Blacks squads at the 1987 and 1991 World Cups. McDowall was a deserving tournament winner in 1987 and only endured one loss in his World Cup career – the semifinal defeat to Australia in 1991.
Craig Dowd (1995, 1999) Alongside Olo Brown and Sean Fitzpatrick, Craig Dowd formed one-third of the All Blacks formidable front row at the 1995 Rugby World Cup. The All Blacks scrum was immovable in 1995 and Dowd was a key piece of the puzzle. He returned at the 1999 tournament as the All Blacks starting loosehead prop. He didn’t recapture the heights of 1995 though as the All Blacks were knocked out in the semifinal by France.