New Zealand national rugby union team

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The New Zealand national rugby union team, called the All Blacks, represents New Zealand in men's rugby union, which is known as the country's national sport.wikipedia
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2011 Rugby World Cup

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The team has won the last two Rugby World Cups, in 2011 and 2015 as well as the inaugural tournament in 1987.
The tournament was won by New Zealand, who defeated France 8–7 in the final.

2015 Rugby World Cup

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The team has won the last two Rugby World Cups, in 2011 and 2015 as well as the inaugural tournament in 1987.
Reigning champions New Zealand won the cup and defended their title by defeating Australia in the final 34–17; South Africa defeated Argentina to take third place.

1987 Rugby World Cup

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The team has won the last two Rugby World Cups, in 2011 and 2015 as well as the inaugural tournament in 1987.
The event was won by co-hosts New Zealand who were the strong favourites, and won all their matches comfortably.

Rugby World Cup

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The team has won the last two Rugby World Cups, in 2011 and 2015 as well as the inaugural tournament in 1987.
New Zealand are the current champions, having defeated Australia in the final of the 2015 tournament in England.

The Original All Blacks

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This was followed by a 34-game (including 5 tests) tour of Europe and North America in 1905, where the team suffered only one defeat their first ever test loss, against Wales.
The Original All Blacks (also known simply as "The Originals") were the first New Zealand national rugby union team to tour outside Australasia.

Australia national rugby union team

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New Zealand competes with Argentina, Australia and South Africa in The Rugby Championship.
The Wallabies also compete annually in The Rugby Championship (formerly the Tri-Nations), along with southern hemisphere counterparts Argentina, New Zealand and South Africa.

South Africa national rugby union team

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New Zealand competes with Argentina, Australia and South Africa in The Rugby Championship.
The Springboks defeated the All Blacks 15–12 in the final, which is now remembered as one of the greatest moments in South Africa's sporting history, and a watershed moment in the post-Apartheid nation-building process.

England national rugby union team

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The All Blacks jointly hold the record for the most consecutive test match wins for a tier one ranked nation, along with England.
England first played against New Zealand in 1905, South Africa in 1906, and Australia in 1909.

Haka (sports)

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The team perform a haka, a Māori challenge or posture dance, before each match.
The challenge has been adopted by the New Zealand national rugby union team, the "All Blacks", and a number of other New Zealand national teams perform before their international matches; some non-New Zealand sports teams have also adopted the haka.

Kapa o Pango

The haka has traditionally been Te Rauparaha's Ka Mate, although since 2005 Kapa o Pango has also been performed.
"Kapa o Pango" is a prematch haka or challenge unique to the New Zealand national rugby union team, the All Blacks.

1893 New Zealand rugby union tour of Australia

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The first officially sanctioned New Zealand side toured New South Wales in 1893, where the Thomas Ellison captained team won nine of their ten matches.
The 1893 New Zealand tour rugby to Australia was the second tour by the New Zealand national rugby union team to Australia.

Thomas Ellison

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The first officially sanctioned New Zealand side toured New South Wales in 1893, where the Thomas Ellison captained team won nine of their ten matches.
He led the first New Zealand representative rugby team organised by the New Zealand Rugby Football Union (NZRFU) on their 1893 tour of Australia.

Rugby Southland

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In 1892, following the canvassing of provincial administrators by Ernest Hoben, the New Zealand Rugby Football Union (NZRFU) was formed by the majority of New Zealand's provincial unions, but did not include Canterbury, Otago or Southland.
In 1885 these two players were recognised as Otago All Blacks as they played their rugby for neighbouring province.

1924–25 New Zealand rugby union tour of Britain, Ireland and France

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The 1924 All Black tourists to the British Isles and France were dubbed "the Invincibles" because they won every game.
The Invincibles was a nickname given to the 1924–25 New Zealand national team which toured the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and Canada.

New South Wales Waratahs

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The first provincial union, the Canterbury Rugby Football Union, was formed in 1879, and in 1882 New Zealand's first internationals were played when New South Wales (NSW) toured the country.
As part of the anniversary celebrations, a match was played at the SCG on 18 May against the All Blacks, though the Waratahs lost nil to 20.

1949 New Zealand rugby union tour of South Africa

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It was not until 1949 that New Zealand next played the Springboks when they toured South Africa with Fred Allen as captain.
1949 saw the second full tour of South Africa by a representative New Zealand rugby union team (the New Zealand national rugby union team).

Fred Allen (rugby union)

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It was not until 1949 that New Zealand next played the Springboks when they toured South Africa with Fred Allen as captain.
Sir Frederick Richard Allen (9 February 1920 – 28 April 2012) was a captain and coach of the All Blacks, New Zealand's national rugby union team.

Bob Deans

The match has entered into the folklore of both countries because of a controversy over whether All Black Bob Deans scored a try which would have earned his team a 3–3 draw.
Robert George Deans (19 February 1884, Christchurch, New Zealand – 30 September 1908) was a former New Zealand and Canterbury rugby union footballer.

Bledisloe Cup

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New Zealand then lost their second test 16–9, which gave Australia a Bledisloe Cup series win in New Zealand for the first time.
The Bledisloe Cup is a rugby union competition between the national teams of Australia and New Zealand that has been competed for since the 1930s.

1967 New Zealand rugby union tour of Britain, France and Canada

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The 1967 side won three tests against the home nations, but was unable to play Ireland because of a foot-and-mouth scare.
The 1967 New Zealand rugby union tour of Great Britain, France and Canada was a tour undertaken by the New Zealand national rugby union team (the All Blacks).

Wilson Whineray

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This was followed by the 1963–64 tour to Britain and Ireland, led by Wilson Whineray, in which New Zealand were deprived of a Grand Slam by a scoreless draw with Scotland.
He was the longest-serving captain of the national rugby union team, the All Blacks, until surpassed by Richie McCaw in 2014.

1956 South Africa rugby union tour of Australia and New Zealand

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The two consecutive series losses to South Africa made their 1956 tour of New Zealand highly anticipated.
They played 6 Test matches, with two victories over Australia and one over New Zealand.

1971 British Lions tour to New Zealand and Australia

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Although the 1966 Lions were defeated 0–4 in their New Zealand tour, there was a reversal of fortune five years later when the 1971 Lions, under the captaincy of Welshman John Dawes, beat New Zealand in a test series, which remains the Lions' only series victory in New Zealand.
Despite losing the first match to Queensland the tour was a great success, the Lions winning the Test series against the All Blacks.

Don Clarke

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During the series, New Zealand introduced Don Clarke, and brought prop Kevin Skinner out of retirement to help secure the win.
Donald Barry Clarke (10 November 1933 – 29 December 2002) was a New Zealand rugby union player who played 89 times (31 of these were test matches) as a New Zealand international from 1956 until 1964.

1907–08 New Zealand rugby tour of Australia and Great Britain

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When the "All Golds", as the team came to be known, returned they established rugby league in New Zealand, and a large number of players switched to the professional code.
The New South Wales rugby union side had defeated the New Zealand rugby union team 14–0 in their second of two matches in 1907 and so were expected to be tough opponents, especially as the professional All Blacks had yet to form combinations and several of the Auckland-based players had not yet arrived in Sydney.