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All Black magic
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Doug Howlett, Joe Rocokoko and Tana Umaga
Band of brothers - Tana with fellow All Blacks Doug Howlett and Joe Rocokoco

It's tough to choose my favourite All Black.

I've played alongside some great All Blacks, the likes of Christian Cullen, Jonah Lomu, Sean Fitzpatrick and Michael Jones.

What makes being an All Blacks so special is what's gone before - the whole history and tradition of it.

All Blacks skipper David Kirk lifts the William Webb Ellis Trophy
NZ won the first World Cup in 1987

Also the high regard that the opposition and other people hold for the All Blacks.

There's a lot of pride in the fact that you're carrying on with something that's gone before you. Something that's bigger than any individual player.

And once you become an All Black you know you're going to leave a bit of yourself there and people will remember you.

My favourite World Cup moment was New Zealand winning in 1987.

It was the way they won it, the style of rugby they played and the calibre of players in the team.

I've never seen anything like it.


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Tana played his first 18 Tests for New Zealand on the wing before switching to centre.


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