The following is our selection here at The 1014 for the Professional Era All Blacks-Lions First XV.

As a high-level summary, the team is made up of 10 All Blacks, 3 Irishman, and 2 Englishman. There are a total of 1,291 test caps between them (including 36 Lions caps) and countless great memories. Sit back, enjoy, reminisce and let us know what you think…

15. Christian Cullen

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

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. Brian O’Driscoll

Brian O'Driscoll telling them how it is. ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Brian O’Driscoll telling them how it is. ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

12. Jeremy Guscott

Lions player Jeremy Guscott during a rugby union test match between the British Lions and the All Blacks, 1993. PHOTO: Andrew Cornaga/Photosport

11. Jonah Lomu

Jonah Lomu in space, New Zealand All Blacks v England, international rugby union test match, 1998. Photo: Andrew Cornaga/PHOTOSPORT
Jonah Lomu in space, New Zealand All Blacks v England, international rugby union test match, 1998. Photo: Andrew Cornaga/PHOTOSPORT

10. Dan Carter

All Black five eighth Dan Carter in action during the first test between the All Blacks and the British and Irish Lions at Jade Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand, on Saturday 25 June, 2005. The All Blacks won the match 21-3. Photo: Fotosport/PHOTOSPORT.
All Black five eighth Dan Carter in action during the first test between the All Blacks and the British and Irish Lions at Jade Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand, on Saturday 25 June, 2005. The All Blacks won the match 21-3. Photo: Fotosport/PHOTOSPORT.

9. Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith leads the Haka. New Zealand All Blacks v Argentina Pumas. Test match rugby union. The Rugby Championship. FMG Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand. Saturday 10 September 2016. © Photo: Andrew Cornaga
Aaron Smith leads the Haka. New Zealand All Blacks v Argentina Pumas. Test match rugby union. The Rugby Championship. FMG Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand. Saturday 10 September 2016. © Photo: Andrew Cornaga

8. Kieran Read

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)

McCaw scores a try during the 2nd test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the British and Irish Lions at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. Photo:Andrew Cornaga/PHOTOSPORT
McCaw scores a try during the 2nd test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the British and Irish Lions at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. Photo:Andrew Cornaga/PHOTOSPORT

6. Jerry Collins

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. Paul O’Connell

Paul O'Connell about to take on South Africa's 'The Beast' Tendai and John Smit during the first test in Durban. Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland
Paul O’Connell about to take on South Africa’s ‘The Beast’ Tendai and John Smit during the first test in Durban. Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

4. Martin Johnson

Martin Johnson shakes hands with John Eales after the rugby union test match between the British Lions and Australia, Stadium Australia, Sydney, Australia, on 7 July 2001. PHOTO: Andrew Cornaga/Photosport
Martin Johnson shakes hands with John Eales after the rugby union test match between the British Lions and Australia, Stadium Australia, Sydney, Australia, on 7 July 2001. PHOTO: Andrew Cornaga/Photosport

3. Carl Hayman

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. Keith Wood

Keith Wood prepares to battle the Aussies, this time in Melbourne. PHOTO: Andrew Cornaga/Photosport
Keith Wood prepares to battle the Aussies, this time in Melbourne. PHOTO: Andrew Cornaga/Photosport

1. Tony Woodcock

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. Keith Wood, 3. Carl Hayman, 4. Martin Johnson, 5. Paul O’Connell, 6. Jerry Collins, 7. Richie McCaw (c), 8. Kieran Read, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Dan Carter, 11. Jonah Lomu, 12. Jeremy Guscott, 13. Brian O’Driscoll, 14. Jeff Wilson, 15. Christian Cullen

Photos: www.photosport.nz

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Author: Steven Prescott

I am a total sports fanatic; it is as simple as that. I love all sports, and when I’m not sitting at my computer living my dream with The 1014, I am planning adventures. The last time I did this I ended up convincing my wife to cycle 26,125km across three continents, and 22 countries with me as part of the Pedalling Prescotts.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I wonder in light of the completed series whether you would revisit any of these selections? Faletau for Heaslip seems a simple call for the Lions team, but any others?

    • Hi Richard,
      I think you’re right, I think Faletau walks into that team now, at least against Heaslip.
      Cheers,
      Steven

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