Zinzan Brooke’s all-time world XV: No Carter or Wilkinson

All Black legend Zinzan Brooke picks his greatest XV rugby union team of all time, but there is no room in his selection for Dan Carter, Richie McCaw, Martin Johnson or Jonny Wilkinson. 

The former New Zealand rugby union footballer, who played at number eight, has two other brothers who also played rugby at representative level: Marty, who played for Auckland and Southland; and Robin, who played lock for Auckland and New Zealand.

Brooke played 58 tests for New Zealand, and 42 non-international matches for the All Blacks, captained Auckland Blues to Super 12 championships in 1996 and 1997 and was an influential figure in Auckland’s dominance in the National Provincial Championship during the late 1980s and 1990s.

The 53-year-old has picked eight New Zealanders in his selection along with three Frenchmen, two Australians and one player each from South Africa and Wales.

Zinzan Brooke’s all-time world XV

Fullback: CHRISTIAN CULLEN (New Zealand)


Winger: DAVID CAMPESE (Australia)


Centre: PHILLIPE SELLA (France)


Centre: JOE STANLEY (New Zealand)


Winger: JONAH LOMU (New Zealand)

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