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About Tony Dale Woodcock
Tony Dale Woodcock (born 27 January 1981 in Helensville, New Zealand) is a New Zealand rugby union player. His position is loosehead prop, and he has played 74 tests for the national team, the All Blacks. He plays for North Harbour in the Air New Zealand Cup and for the Auckland Blues in the Super 14. He plays for North Harbour Marist in the North Harbour premier competition. Woodcock has played for the All Blacks since 2002, scoring seven test tries. He has been described by The Dominion Post as "widely regarded as the world's premier loosehead", and by The New Zealand Herald as having the "best range of skills of any prop on the planet".
Woodcock has a reputation for playing as much rugby as possible. In 2005 he played in the first eleven of the twelve All Black test matches that year. From 2001–2004, he played in every match for North Harbour, except for the first two matches of 2004 due to being on All Black duty, and in 2002 and 2003, he played the full eighty minutes of every game for North Harbour. In 2006, he requested and received permission from the All Black coaching staff to return a week early from his enforced rest due to All Black duty, to play in North Harbour's Ranfurly Shield challenge against Canterbury, a match that North Harbour won 21–17, making them the Ranfurly Shield holders for the first time.
He was the first All Black prop to score a test try against Australia in 20 years and on 2 August 2008 he became the first All Black prop to score two tries in a match (a rare feat for a prop against any side) against Australia in over 50 years.
Woodcock is a sheep and dairy farmer, on the family farm near Kaukapakapa.
He is now the most capped All Black prop of all time.