@Victor-Meldrew said in World Cup all time AB team:
Some tough choices there.
I'd find room for MJ in any AB team but I'd rate McCaw as a better 7 every time. Kaino as a better 6 in RWC games - he was unbelievably good in 2011 & 2015.
Ditto Brad Thorn at 4. BBBR is just, well, better in that position.
I'm the opposite to you, MJ is a better rugby player and 7 for me, always has been - McCaw is a greater AB. The question asked for best openside, that's MJ for me so he got my vote. McCaw will have to be best off field captain following on from Andy Dalton in 1987. Or if we can pick reserves he'll make my reserves bench.
Kaino was the best player at the 2011 RWC so is an obvious pick. AJ Whetton was damn good in 1987.
I think I'm leaning your way with Conrad Smith as well.
Same with BBBR (and the added bonus he's a Magpie).