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Steve McDowall
New Zealand
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Full name Steven Clark McDowall
Born August 27, 1961, Rotorua
Current age 53 years 35 days
Major teams New Zealand Cavaliers, New Zealand Maori, New Zealand, New Zealand XV
Position Prop
Height 6 ft 0 in
Weight 224 lb

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 1985-1992 46 46 0 12 3 0 0 0 38 6 2 84.78
Bledisloe Cup 1986-1991 12 12 0 4 1 0 0 0 8 3 1 70.83
IRB Rugby World Cup 1987-1991 11 11 0 4 1 0 0 0 10 1 0 90.90

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Test debut Argentina v New Zealand at Buenos Aires, Oct 26, 1985 match details
Last Test New Zealand v Ireland at Wellington, Jun 6, 1992 match details
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Tipping the scales at more than 20 stone, McDowell was one third of the formidable pack which took the inaugural 1987 World Cup.

After making his international debut against Argentina in 1985, McDowell was a mainstay in the pack for the next six years alongside Michael Jones, Sean Fitzpatrick and the Whetton brothers. Despite being what can only described as a unit, McDowell possessed deft hands which could unlock even the most battle hardened defences.

In 1989 McDowell was the only All Blacks first-teamer to play in the combined Antipodean side which played the British & Irish Lions - with the ANZAC team losing 19-15.

McDowell was later the victim of a managerial change in the All Blacks backroom staff when new coach Laurie Mains took the reins. He was unceremoniously shown the door after their 1992 series with Ireland but will be fondly remembered as part of the impressive All Blacks pack.


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Jun 14, 1987
New Zealand'd John Drake, Sean Fitzpatrick and Steve McDowell pack down during the 1987 Rugby World Cup
New Zealand'd John Drake, Sean Fitzpatrick and Steve McDowell pack down during the 1987 Rugby World Cup
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