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New Zealand All Blacks

 

New Zealand All Blacks

 

The NZ All Blacks, officially known as the New Zealand National Rugby Union Team, represents New Zealand in rugby union. New Zealand’s national sport, rugby union is the most popular sport in the country. The All Blacks have an impressive record of wins versus every rugby team they have played against internationally. This includes the Irish and British Lions. New Zealand competes every year in the Tri-Nations Series against the Wallabies (Australia) and the Springboks (South Africa). New Zealand has won the championship 9 times out of the 13 years of tournament’s history. Along with the Tri-Nations games, Australia competes for the Bledisloe Cup (which is currently held by New Zealand). Australia competes with them for this every year. In 1978, 2005, and again in 2008, New Zealand has completed a Grand Slam of the 4 Home Nations.

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New Zealand ranks as the number 2 team in the IRB World Rankings and in 2005, 2006, and 2008 was named the International Rugby Board Team of the Year. To date 14 former All Blacks team members have been placed in the International Rugby Hall of Fame and 1 is in the International Rugby Board Hall of Fame.


In 1884, the New Zealand team competed for the first time against New South Wales’ Cumberland County. Their first test match was played in 1903 which was a roaring victory versus Australia. A tour of the northern hemisphere followed in 1905.
 

Originally, the New Zealand team's uniforms were made up of a black jersey with white knickerbockers and a silver fern.

 

The NZ team was wearing all black by their 1905 tour, with the exception of the silver fern, and this was when the team was named “All Black”.

 

Traditionally, the team from New Zealand performs a Maori posture dance called the “haka” prior to each match.
 
The Te Rauparaha's Ka Mate is the haka dance traditionally performed. But by 2005, a modified version of the All Blacks’ 1924 haka, Kia Whaka-ngawari, is sometimes performed.

 

Currently, the All Blacks uniform is completely black, with the silver fern of the New Zealand Rugby Union and the logo of Adidas on the front.

The team’s tour to Australia in 1884 their first overseas rugby tour, and the uniforms used were a far cry from today’s look.
 
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At that time, a gold fern adorned the team’s dark blue jersey.
Today, the All Blacks jersey is said to be the most recognizable jersey in rugby.

It has become a recent tradition for the New Zealand team to have an embroidered poppy on the sleeve of their jersey when they play against France during the last tours of each year.

The poppy is a symbol to honour the brave soldiers who gave up their lives on European battlefields. Traditionally, the change kit has always been black shorts with white shirts. Black shorts and gray shirts were used as a change kit for a few years. But the team reverted to the old black shorts and white jersey on May of 2009.

 

 

 

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