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Known for winning the 1987, 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cup, New Zealand’s The All Blacks rugby team has a global fan base. A top competitor in the sport for more than a century, they are not only pioneers of rugby, they consistently produce top stars in the game. The All Blacks are the only international rugby team to win against every opponent they have faced. Fans pile in by the thousands to see All Blacks rugby games. The team has held the No. 1 rank in rugby more times than any of the other international rugby teams combined.
With no official stadium dedicated to the All Blacks, the team bounces from venue to venue throughout New Zealand. Aside from their homeland competitions, the All Blacks tour Ireland, France, the US and other countries.
New Zealand Rugby history
As the most popular and most beloved sport in New Zealand, rugby is the country’s national sport. Introduced in 1870, it was immediately accepted and praised as a favorite pastime. Dubbed “The Invincibles,” the All Blacks first toured the British Isles to flex their muscles against other international teams. Soon developing an early legacy that would one day make them one of the greatest rugby teams in history, New Zealand’s professional era hit in 1995, when the world-renowned Tri-Nations Tournament was formed with South Africa and Australia. The All Blacks won every game and were awarded the first trophy.
After their success of winning the first Tri-Nations competition, the All Blacks took a beating with numerous losses. However, in 2010, the team fought back and secured 15 undefeated matches. By 2014, the All Blacks were the first rugby team to win the Rugby World Cup three times.
New Zealand Rugby milestones
Since their inception, the All Blacks have won more than 75 percent of their games; their longest winning streak includes 18 matches. Many of the international teams worst losses came from the All Blacks, including France, Ireland, Argentina, Fiji and Samoa. Additionally, New Zealand holds numerous all-time records, such as most World Cup Matches, most cumulative points, most tries, most conversions and more.
Many All Blacks players have left their mark on rugby. Several have been inducted into the Rugby Hall of Fame, including Sir Colin Meads, Graham Mourie, George Nepia and Joe Warbrick. Various individual all-time records include Dan Carter as the leading points scorer in Test rugby, Joe Rokocoko for most tries and Jonah Lomu for the youngest player in a test match.
New Zealand Rugby tradition
Since 1988 (and unlike any other rugby team), the All Blacks perform a haka before every match, which is a traditional ancestral war cry, dance or challenge of New Zealand’s M?ori people. This Polynesian-influenced contemporary dance is a 19th-century tradition started by the Chieftain Ng?ti Toa. Performed and presented with passion, defiance and a deep hunger to win, the All Blacks believe in the spirituality of the haka, as well as the good luck it supposedly brings to those who perform it. Various versions of the dance have been used in the past, such as Ake Ake Kia Kaha, Tupoto Koe, Kangaroo and Kapa o Pango.