Full name Tony Dale Woodcock
Born January 27, 1981, Helensville
Current age 35 years 11 days
Major teams Blues, Highlanders, North Harbour, New Zealand
Height 6 ft 1 in
Weight 264 lb
|IRB Rugby World Cup||2007-2015||14||12||2||10||2||0||0||0||13||1||0||92.85|
|The Rugby Championship||2005-2015||47||46||1||35||7||0||0||0||36||11||0||76.59|
|Test debut||Wales v New Zealand at Millennium Stadium, Nov 23, 2002 match details|
|Last Test||New Zealand v Tonga at Newcastle, Oct 9, 2015 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list|
Tony Woodcock is widely considered to be the world's best loose-head prop. Woodcock made his debut for the All Blacks against Wales in 2002 shortly following his 22nd birthday, having already been a part of three All Blacks U21 sides.
Woodcock graduated through the All Blacks age-group sides, and won the Junior World Cup with the U19s alongside Richie McCaw, Mils Muliaina, Jerry Collins and Aaron Mauger in 1999.
He made his NPC debut for North Harbour in 2000, and has gone on to rack up of 50 appearances for the province. Playing his Super 14 rugby with the Blues since 2003, Woodcock has cemented a place as the cornerstone of both his provincial and the All Blacks pack.
Woodcock is a fine scrummager, but is also far more than an also-ran in the loose, improving his skill set all the time to become a more than competent presence around the field. Despite his admirable contributions in open play, Woodcock became the most-capped All Black without a Test point in November 2006 when Carl Hayman crossed for a try against England, although he finally broke his duck against the Wallabies seven Tests later.
He became the most-capped prop in his country's history when he took to the field for his 67th Test, against Australia in Christchurch, in August 2010. Woodcock very nearly marked the occasion by getting yellow carded for a questionable tackle on Saia Faingaa but he was let off with a warning by match referee Jonathan Kaplan.
Woodcock's 2011 Super Rugby season was disrupted through injury. Though through his own determination he managed to get himself back in the All Blacks' ranks for the World Cup. He played for North Harbour in the ITM Cup and started against South Africa in their loss in Durban. And Woodcock played 80 minutes a week later as the Kiwis surrendered their Tri-Nations crown to Trans-Tasman rivals Australia.
Despite losing the Tri-Nations crown to Australia, Woodcock's 80 minutes paid dividends as he went on to started all seven of New Zealand's matches in the 2011 World Cup. And the prop made the biggest impact possible in the final against France scoring what proved to be the match winning try.