Parent page: New Zealand’s Pride; the All Blacks
If you have ever found yourself sitting with rugby fanatics, I am sure you have heard them say a thing or two about the famous rugby team of New Zealand. The team boasts a rich history and great achievements since its establishment. Due to their great achievements, they have a huge fan base.
In New Zealand, rugby is referred to as the national sport and, due to this, there has been a lot of investment in the national team. The team has the finest players who help deliver excellent results. The all-time top scorer is Dan Carter with 1598 tries. Since the team was established, Richie McCaw is the player with most caps at 148.
According to the World Rugby ranking, the All Blacks are currently at position one in the world. They have maintained this position since 2009, which is a great success. The lowest they have gotten in the world rankings is position three, and this was in 2003.
Their first international match was in 1903 which was against Australia, and they won by 22-3. In the year 1995, the team recorded their biggest win against Japan when they won by 145-17. Despite the successes, they also have their low moments some of them, including losses against Australia. The latest in 2019 was a 47-26 loss.
Being a national team, they participate in the Rugby World Cup. Since the world tournament began, they have participated eight times. Their first was in 1987, and they began it in style with a win. They have also lifted the world trophy in 2011 and 2015, which shows they deserve the number one world ranking.
The New Zealand national team does the Maori challenge, which is known as haka before they start any international game. This has been part of their culture for a long time. In 1924, they used haka Ko Niu Tireni, but it was later changed to Ka Mate.