TSF's Best World Cup XV

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Last month we ran a poll on the best All Blacks at Rugby World Cups.

Here is the XV that TSF members voted for.

Voting Criteria

Players were judged on performances in Rugby World Cups, in the position listed.

Some players qualified for multiuple positions but we restricted every player to their best position. In most cases that was obvious - Wilson on the wing not fullback, Mils at fullback etc


The Front Row

Tony Woodcock, Sean Fitzpatrick & Olo Brown
Loosehead Hooker Tighthead
Woodcock 49% Fitzpatrick 84% Brown 49%
McDowall 37% Coles 10% Franks 17%
Dowd 7% Mealamu 4% Drake 15%
Hewett 5% Oliver 2% Hayman 12%
Hoeft 2% Loe 7%



Locks

Brodie Retallick & Sam Whitelock
Lock (4) Lock (5)
Retallick 55% Whitelock 73%
Thorn 25% G Whetton 20%
Jones 16% R Brooke 7%



Loose Forwards

Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw & Zinzan Brooke
Blindside Openside No 8
Kaino 92% McCaw 62% Z Brooke 51%
Thorne 6% Jones 38% Shelford 26%
A Whetton 2% Read 23%



Halfback and First Five

Graeme Bachop & Dan Carter
Halfback First Five
Bachop 43% Carter 81%
Kirk 26% Mehrtens 10%
A Smith 17% Fox 6%
Weepu 10% Spencer 2%
Marshall 5%



The Midfield

Ma'a Nonu & Conrad Smith
Second Five Centre
Nonu 91% C Smith 54%
Taylor 5% Stanley 27%
Little 2% Bunce 15%
Mauger 2% Cullen 5%



The Outside Backs

Jonah Lomu, John Kirwan & John Gallagher
Left Wing Right Wing Fullback
Lomu 96% Kirwan 83% Gallagher 36%
J Savea 2% Wilson 8% Osbourne 33%
Kahui 2% Milner-Skudder 6% Dagg 18%
Jane 2% Mils 7%
B Smith 4%
MacDonald 2%


Lomu not at 100%?

Yeahtheboys voted for Savea
Siam voted for Kahui



What would a Second XV look like?

1 Steve McDowall
2 Dane Coles
3 Owen Franks
4 Brad Thorn
5 Gary Whetton
6 Rueben Thorne
7 Michael Jones
8 Wayne Shelford
9 David Kirk
10 Andrew Mehrtens
11 Savea/Kahui
12 Warwick Taylor
13 Joe Stanley
14 Jeff Wilson
15 Glen Osborne


Are TSF members better than the plebs?

Or just older..

We did these polls so we could compare our results to the general public voting at allblacks.com

So how do the XV's compare?

TSF XV Public XV
1 Woodcock Woodcock
2 Fitzpatrick Mealamu
3 Brown Franks
4 Retallick Retallick
5 Whitelock Whitelock
6 Kaino Kaino
7 Mccaw Mccaw
8 Z Brooke Z Brooke
9 Bachop A Smith
10 Carter Carter
11 Lomu Lomu
12 Nonu Nonu
13 Smith Smith
14 Kirwan Kirwan
15 Gallagher B Smith


Not that different. The public vote seems to be slightly more friendly to recent players

The players in the TSF XV but not in the public vote:
Fitzpatrick, Brown, Bachop, Gallagher

Mealamu was 3rd on the TSF poll
Franks was 2nd on the TSF poll
A Smith was 3rd on the TSF poll
B Smith was 5th on the TSF poll



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