Over the last two weeks, we have been putting out two-cents worth in around the make-up of an All Blacks First XV from the professional era.

The following is a photographic journey of this two-cent investment; sit back, enjoy, and let us know what you think…

15. Christian Cullen

All Blacks First XV - Christian Cullen in full flight enroute to the try line at Eden Park in the 55 - 35 demolition of the Springboks. Photo: PHOTOSPORT
Christian Cullen in full flight enroute to the try line at Eden Park in the 55 – 35 demolition of the Springboks. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

14. Jeff Wilson

All Blacks First XV - Jeff Wilson in full flight against the Irish in 1997. Photo: PHOTOSPORT
Jeff Wilson in full flight against the Irish in 1997. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

13. Conrad Smith

All Blacks First XV - Conrad Smith runs in for a try during the 3rd test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the British and Irish Lions at Eden Park in Auckland. Photo:Andrew Cornaga/PHOTOSPORT
Conrad Smith runs in for a try during the 3rd test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the British and Irish Lions at Eden Park in Auckland. Photo:Andrew Cornaga/PHOTOSPORT

12. Ma’a Nonu

All Blacks First XV - Ma'a Nonu, Rugby World Cup Final, New Zealand All Blacks v Australia. Copyright Photo: Libby Law / www.Photosport.nz
Ma’a Nonu, Rugby World Cup Final, New Zealand All Blacks v Australia. Copyright Photo: Libby Law / www.Photosport.nz

11. Jonah Lomu

All Blacks First XV - Jonah doing what he did best; terrorising the seemingly helpless English defence. What a joy to behold. Pic: Marty Melville/Photosport
Jonah doing what he did best; terrorising the seemingly helpless English defence. What a joy to behold. Pic: Marty Melville/Photosport

10. Dan Carter

All Blacks First XV - Dan Carter making a break in the match that defined him and set the benchmark for every other performance by a 10 forever. The second test against the Lions in 2005. Photo: Andrew Cornaga/PHOTOSPORT
Dan Carter making a break in the match that defined him and set the benchmark for every other performance by a 10 forever. The second test against the Lions in 2005. Photo: Andrew Cornaga/PHOTOSPORT

9. Aaron Smith

All Blacks First XV - Aaron Smith scores the 1st New Zealand try of their 2015 RWC campaign. Photo: Matthew Impey / www.Photosport.nz
Aaron Smith scores the 1st New Zealand try of their 2015 RWC campaign. Photo: Matthew Impey / www.Photosport.nz

8. Kieran Read

All Blacks First XV - Kieran Read running in a try during the New Zealand All Blacks v France Quarter Final Rugby World Cup 2015 match. Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz
Kieran Read running in a try during the New Zealand All Blacks v France Quarter Final Rugby World Cup 2015 match. Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz

7. Richie McCaw (c)

All Blacks First XV - McCaw waits on treatment for a badly cut head. 2nd test vs Lions, 2005. FOTOSPORT/DAVID GIBSON
McCaw waits on treatment for a badly cut head. 2nd test vs Lions, 2005.
FOTOSPORT/DAVID GIBSON

6. Jerry Collins

All Blacks First XV - All Black flanker Jerry Collins holds the trophy after the 3rd test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the British and Irish Lions. Photo:Andrew Cornaga/PHOTOSPORT
All Black flanker Jerry Collins holds the trophy after the 3rd test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the British and Irish Lions. Photo:Andrew Cornaga/PHOTOSPORT

5. Sam Whitelock

All Blacks First XV - Sam Whitelock gets the ball moving against the Springboks in 2011. Photo: Justin Arthur / Photosport.co.nz
Sam Whitelock gets the ball moving against the Springboks in 2011. Photo: Justin Arthur / Photosport.co.nz

4. Brodie Retallick

All Blacks First XV - Brodie Retallick runs in to score the first try. New Zealand All Blacks v France, Rugby World Cup Quarter Final at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. 17 October 2015. Photo credit: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz
Brodie Retallick runs in to score the first try. New Zealand All Blacks v France, Rugby World Cup Quarter Final at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. 17 October 2015. Photo credit: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz

3. Carl Hayman

All Blacks First XV - Carl Hayman hits the ball up as South African first five Butch James attempts to tackle him. Wellington, 2006. Photo: Tim Hales/PHOTOSPORT
Carl Hayman hits the ball up as South African first five Butch James attempts to tackle him. Wellington, 2006. Photo: Tim Hales/PHOTOSPORT

2. Dane Coles

All Blacks First XV - Dane Coles running in a try against the Aussies at Eden Park in 2015. Copyright Photo Marty Melville / www.photosport.nz
Dane Coles running in a try against the Aussies at Eden Park in 2015. Copyright Photo Marty Melville / www.photosport.nz

1. Tony Woodcock

All Blacks First XV - All Blacks prop Tony Woodcock hands off Nicolas Mas en route to the try line during the 2011 RWC final. He is the first selection in our First XV
All Blacks prop Tony Woodcock hands off Nicolas Mas en route to the try line during the 2011 RWC final. He is the first selection in our First XV. Photo: Dave Lintott / photosport.co.nz

If you want to see the reasoning behind the selection of a specific player, you can do so here: 1. Tony Woodcock, 2. Dane Coles, 3. Carl Hayman, 4. Brodie Retallick, 5. Sam Whitelock, 6. Jerry Collins, 7. Richie McCaw (c), 8. Kieran Read, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Dan Carter, 11. Jonah Lomu, 12. Ma’a Nonu, 13. Conrad Smith, 14. Jeff Wilson, 15. Christian Cullen

Photos: www.photosport.nz

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