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Greatest Uniforms in Sports, No. 5: New Zealand All Blacks

Greatest Uniforms in Sports, No. 5: New Zealand All Blacks

“Aggressiveness, intimidation, honour, respect, courage, war—embodied in one uniform. And it only needs one colour to say it all” is how Arden Zwelling describes the New Zealand All Blacks uniform in an article for…

New Zealand Entrenched as World Cup Favourites

New Zealand Entrenched as World Cup Favourites

“This year will end just as it began, with New Zealand sitting firmly on top of the rugby world. The All Blacks have been the top-ranked team for five years and will again head…

All Black Sensation Dan Carter’s Paris Move a Big Deal

All Black Sensation Dan Carter’s Paris Move a Big Deal

All Black great Dan Carter, 32, is poised to become the world’s highest-paid rugby player when he moves to France after next year’s Rugby World Cup on a three-year deal with Paris club Racing…

How New Zealand Nearly Ditched the Haka

How New Zealand Nearly Ditched the Haka

An exclusive Telegraph report reveals that in 2004 many All Blacks felt the haka was no longer appropriate, and how management and senior players ensured it was maintained. The choreography itself was not a problem;…

All Blacks Beat Scotland in Tough Challenge

All Blacks Beat Scotland in Tough Challenge

The All Blacks have managed to continue one of the longer streaks in world sport, as Scotland failed for the 30th time to beat the world champions. But it was only just, in a…

New Zealand All Blacks On FOX 32 Chicago News

New Zealand All Blacks On FOX 32 Chicago News

All Blacks Kieran Read, Victor Vito and Sam Whitelock gave the FOX 32 News team some lessons on the game of rugby and what it means to be an…

Richie McCaw: The Man Behind The Genius

Richie McCaw: The Man Behind The Genius

“What makes the New Zealand captain the world’s greatest player?” asks The Telegraph in a lengthy feature article. At Twickenham on Saturday, Richie McCaw eclipsed Sir Colin Meads as the most capped player ever to…

All Blacks Reign Supreme Over England

All Blacks Reign Supreme Over England

The All Blacks gained a fifth consecutive win over England, after the home side led 14-11 at half time. But the English side made error upon error and suffered a long, slow black death in…

All Blacks Rugby Match Draws Record Crowd in Chicago

All Blacks Rugby Match Draws Record Crowd in Chicago

Saturday’s landmark rugby game at Soldier Field, Chicago, saw the All Blacks play the USA Eagles in front of a sell-out crowd of 61,500 – the largest to witness rugby in the United States. Both…

Rugby’s Rising US Popularity Helped by All Blacks

Rugby’s Rising US Popularity Helped by All Blacks

The match between the All Blacks and USA Eagles marked the largest-ever audience for an international rugby contest on American soil; signaling the sport’s growing U.S. popularity. “People do really like watching rugby in America,”…

USA Today: Breaking Down the All Blacks Haka

USA Today: Breaking Down the All Blacks Haka

USA Today has provided insight into the Haka, which has become a familiar rite to anyone who has watched a New Zealand team play in international sporting events. The Haka, drew headlines this summer as…

Air NZ has “Coolest Airline Paint Job in the World”

Air NZ has “Coolest Airline Paint Job in the World”

Air New Zealand has been judged by Business Insider as having the “coolest airline paint job in the world”, ranked first out of 15 international airlines with striking exterior designs. “As airlines and…

All Blacks Win Third Successive Rugby Championship

All Blacks Win Third Successive Rugby Championship

The All Blacks have wrapped up their third successive Rugby Championship crown with a comprehensive 34-13 win over Argentina at Estadio Ciudad de La Plata. First half tries to Ben Smith and Israel Dagg gave…

All Blacks Read The Weather

All Blacks Read The Weather

Take a look as All Blacks TJ Perenara, Collin Slade and Jeremy Thrush give a go at reading the weather ahead of their match against the Springboks at the…

Trailblazer Brad Thorn Happy to Be a Leicester Tiger

Trailblazer Brad Thorn Happy to Be a Leicester Tiger

Former All Black forward Brad Thorne, 39, has pitched up at Leicester at the tail-end of a colourful career that’s taken him from Dunedin to Leinster via Japan. But, he tells the Independent’s Chris…

Stunning All Blacks Smash Wallabies to Retain Bledisloe Cup

Stunning All Blacks Smash Wallabies to Retain Bledisloe Cup

New Zealand retain the Bledisloe Cup with an astonishingly good performance, smashing Australia 51-20 in Auckland, scoring six tries and stating categorically that the last game’s mediocre showing in a 12-12 draw was merely…

All Blacks Fend off Wallabies for Stalemate in Sydney

All Blacks Fend off Wallabies for Stalemate in Sydney

In a gritty encounter played out in a Sydney rainstorm, Australia held New Zealand to a 12-12 draw in their Rugby Championship opener to prevent the All Blacks from claiming a world record 18th…

Conrad Smith Saves the Day in First Test

Conrad Smith Saves the Day in First Test

“Under-strength England pushed New Zealand all the way” in the first of three Tests in the 2014 Steinlager Series, with the All Blacks showing “why they are world champions as Conrad Smith’s last-gasp try…

Selling Rugby to the Americans

Selling Rugby to the Americans

The iconic Soldier Field, America’s oldest gridiron stadium, is to host the All Blacks in a test against the USA Eagles in November in a game sponsored by AIG. The insurance behemoth’s…

The Excuses Begin

The Excuses Begin

A month is a long time in sport, apparently. As spring thaws English soil and the domestic Aviva rugby competition reaches its zenith, the British press are beginning to air doubts about the Red…

McGeechan picks England to beat All Blacks

McGeechan picks England to beat All Blacks

If it was anyone else saying it – a froth-filled Stephen Jones broadside, perhaps – Kiwis would ignore it. But Sir Ian McGeechan, the decorated Scotsman, respected Lions player and venerated coach, is a…

Middle Earth’s Man Contemplates Doctor Who Offer

Middle Earth’s Man Contemplates Doctor Who Offer

Peter Jackson has confirmed reports that he has offered to direct an episode of Doctor Who. “I’m a Doctor Who fan, certainly. I’m of the generation that hid behind the sofa, and Patrick Troughton…

Ireland v New Zealand 2013

Ireland v New Zealand 2013

The All Blacks have remained unbeaten this season, but only just. Scoring in the final moments of the game, the All Blacks needed two attempts at the conversion to…

How do NZ Teams Get out of Jail?

How do NZ Teams Get out of Jail?

The last seconds, last-gasp victories by the Kiwis and All Blacks at the weekend have prompted English writers to wax philosophical about fine lines and the nature of success. Make no mistake, both the…

All Blacks’ Haka Adidas Ad

All Blacks’ Haka Adidas Ad

Take a look at this beautifully created black and white Adidas commercial that was broadcasted in the UK in 1999. The All Blacks send shivers down your spine with…

Alone It Still Stands

Alone It Still Stands

The All Blacks are like a vampire – “you have to stick two stakes through the heart at the crossroads to make sure they are dead and buried,” says John Breen. The proud Irish…

World’s Best Team?

World’s Best Team?

Ahead of the All Blacks-England test, Independent rugby correspondent Chris Hewett proposed that “Richie McCaw and his team are beginning to look like something more than merely the best rugby union team…

All Blacks Victorious over England

All Blacks Victorious over England

The All Blacks had an eight point victory over England on the weekend, keeping their perfect season intact. The New York Times’ Huw Richards wrote of the match that the…

Can Forward-Power Win it for England?

Can Forward-Power Win it for England?

The New Zealand forwards were outplayed by their French counterparts in Paris at the weekend and they will be given an even more searching examination by England, who easily dismantled the powerful Argentine forward…

All Black Greatness to be Tested

All Black Greatness to be Tested

The mantle of greatness hangs easily around this year’s unbeaten All Blacks as they prepare for a tour of Japan, France, Britain and Ireland. Not that you would know it from the demeanour and…

Rugby World Cup Haka

Rugby World Cup Haka

Watch this fiercehaka in this promotional video for the Rugby World Cup 2011. The Haka is a traditional Maori dance from New Zealand and is performed by kiwi…

Richie McCaw: Challenges

Richie McCaw: Challenges

Adidas interviews Richie McCaw about the challenges he has faced during his career and how he is able to overcome them. If you’re playing the game or just looking…

Tales From Te Papa – The Art of the Haka

Tales From Te Papa – The Art of the Haka

You’ve seen the All Blacks perform the Haka but have you ever seen it on canvas? Tales from Te Papa is a series of mini-documentaries showcasing the exciting and…

Bledisloe Cup Whitewash with Win over Wallabies

Bledisloe Cup Whitewash with Win over Wallabies

The All Blacks have maintained their 100 per cent record this year, beating Australia at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin 41-33 to seal a 3-0 Bledisloe Cup whitewash, the BBC reports. Having clinched the…

Penney Says Welfare of His Players Is Paramount

Penney Says Welfare of His Players Is Paramount

Munster coach New Zealander Rob Penney is so sensitive to the dangers of concussion that he applies a stringent approach to any head injuries suffered by his players – he responds with the level…

ABs vs Boks: The Greatest Match Ever?

ABs vs Boks: The Greatest Match Ever?

The All Blacks retain the Rugby Championship with an epic 38-27 win over the Springboks at the South African spiritual home of rugby, Ellis Park.  Described as “a match that ranks among the greatest…

“Bleeding” Park Reveals All Blacks’ True Worth

“Bleeding” Park Reveals All Blacks’ True Worth

Apparently the English think New Zealanders can teach them a thing or two. Who knew? Of course, the thing or two is about rugby but even so. In the wake of the All Blacks’…

All Blacks Defeat Pumas in Rain-soaked Hamilton

All Blacks Defeat Pumas in Rain-soaked Hamilton

The All Blacks overcame difficult conditions to defeat the Argentina Pumas 28-13 in a rain-soaked Rugby Championship clash at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton on Saturday, extending their winning streak in the multi-nation competition. The team…

Comedy For Cure Kids: All Blacks Prank

Comedy For Cure Kids: All Blacks Prank

Cory Jane pranks three rookie All Blacks, Beauden Barrett, Dane Coles and Francis Saili to perform in a fake Japanese Noodle advertisement called Honzai as part of Comedy for…

All Blacks Retain Bledisloe Cup

All Blacks Retain Bledisloe Cup

The All Blacks have retained the Bledisloe Cup after 27-16 trouncing of the Wallabies in their Rugby Championship clash in Wellington on Saturday night. New Zealand winger Ben Smith followed up on last weekend’s hat-trick…

All Blacks Crush Wallabies in Opening Test

All Blacks Crush Wallabies in Opening Test

The All Blacks were just too good for Australia, winning 47-29 in the opening 2013 Investec Rugby Championship Test in Sydney, ensuring a torrid debut for new Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie, who took over from…

Richie McCaw: Weet-Bix Challenge

Richie McCaw: Weet-Bix Challenge

This video is proof that All Black Richie McCaw is a man of many talents both on and off the rugnby field. Richie McCaw takes part in the Weet-Bix…

SkyWalk – Flash Mob Haka

SkyWalk – Flash Mob Haka

A flash mob group performs a haka high above Auckland City at the top of the Sky Tower to show support for the All Blacks during the 2011 Rugby…

Forging a Mining Career from Humble Beginnings

Forging a Mining Career from Humble Beginnings

New Zealand-born mining magnate Chris Ellison, 56, feels he has a lot to offer New Zealand migrants who come to Western Australia (WA) in search of opportunity. Ellison, who arrived in Australia almost 40…

Tiny Troop of Toddlers Performs the Cutest Haka Ever

Tiny Troop of Toddlers Performs the Cutest Haka Ever

Six Ngati Toa children with an average age of two, from Porirua’s Bronwyn’s Place Daycare, have performed what news outlets are calling “the cutest Haka ever”. “It is one of the most awesome sights…

French Left Scoreless with All Black Aerial Bombardment

French Left Scoreless with All Black Aerial Bombardment

New skipper Kieran Read has led the All Blacks to victory over France winning the Dave Gallaher Cup and celebrating their 500th Test with a resounding 30-0 full-time score. An astute kicking…

New Zealand Sailors Dominate Rugby Field

New Zealand Sailors Dominate Rugby Field

Crew from the Royal New Zealand Navy Frigate Te Mana took on sailors from the USS George Washington aircraft carrier near Yokusuka Naval Base, Japan, in the final of a 10-aside tournament, beating the…

New Zealand Union Coaches Taking over the World

New Zealand Union Coaches Taking over the World

The appointment of Vern Cotter as next head coach of Scotland is testament to the quality of rugby coaches that have been developed in New Zealand, according to Steve Hansen. The 51-year-old’s appointment means…

‘Courageous’ and ‘Comical’ Ali Williams Calls Time on All Black Career

‘Courageous’ and ‘Comical’ Ali Williams Calls Time on All Black Career

New Zealand’s second highest-capped lock Ali Williams announced his retirement from international rugby, the Chicago Tribune reports. The 32-year-old had played 77 tests for the world champion All Blacks in his 10-year international career. Ian…

Sonny Bill Eyes Up World Cup

Sonny Bill Eyes Up World Cup

Sonny Bill Williams, New Zealand’s most versatile sportsman, may be available for New Zealand for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup says Brad Walker, in The Age. Williams plays for the Sydney Rooster rugby…

Knock Out For Life

Knock Out For Life

New Zealand All Black and kickboxer, Hastings-born Hika Elliot, 26, unbeaten in 62 fights, will square off against Australian league player Paul Gallen in the Fight For Life boxing charity event in Auckland on…

Player Of The Year

Player Of The Year

All Black Dan Carter has been named player of the year in London at the 2012 International Rugby Board (IRB) awards, with Steve Hansen winning coach of the year and the All Blacks the…

Foiled By Fourth Best

Foiled By Fourth Best

New Zealand, the world’s No 1-ranked side, was defeated by England 38-21 at Twickenham, bringing the All Blacks’ unbeaten run of 20 back-to-back wins to an end. It was England’s first win over New…

Murdoch Memorialised

Murdoch Memorialised

Before taking care of business in Wales, the All Blacks made a pilgrimage to the hotel where one of their own went down fighting before disappearing without trace, the Daily Mail reports. They went…

Our Inimitable All Black Captain

Our Inimitable All Black Captain

Captain “fantastic” Richie McCaw has led the “all-conquering All Blacks” to a 20th successive match without defeat beating Wales 33-10 at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff. No player in world rugby is better in…

When in Rome

When in Rome

The All Blacks continued their European Tour, taking on Italy in Rome on Saturday. Despite winning by a comfortable 42 points to 10 the Italians made the All Blacks work hard for the win,…