Zinzan Brooke, the legendary former All Black rugby union star, has unveiled his ultimate XV rugby squad, but it’s turning heads as it lacks some high-profile names.
In a surprising twist, Dan Carter, Richie McCaw, Martin Johnson, and Jonny Wilkinson, despite their illustrious careers, didn’t earn a spot on Brooke’s roster.
Zinzan Brooke, renowned for his dynamic play as a number eight and 58-test appearances for New Zealand, also has a family legacy in rugby, with both his brothers, Marty and Robin, achieving representation in the sport. Marty notably played for Auckland and Southland, while Robin made his mark as a lock for Auckland and New Zealand.
Throughout his own illustrious career, Brooke steered the Auckland Blues to Super 12 championships in 1996 and 1997, leaving an indelible mark on Auckland’s dominance in the National Provincial Championship during the late 1980s and 1990s.
In Brooke’s ultimate selection, eight Kiwis secure a place, complemented by three Frenchmen, two Australians, and one player each hailing from South Africa and Wales.
With this 53-year-old rugby icon’s picks, there’s no doubt that fervent rugby enthusiasts worldwide will be engrossed in lively debates.
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