The New Zealand 15-a-side rugby team, active since 1892, and internationally since 1903, is the representative with the largest number of players admitted to the International Rugby Hall of Fame. It is involved annually, together with Argentina, Australia and South Africa, in the Rugby Championship.
In the same competition, New Zealand and the Australian national team compete for the Bledisloe Cup, while the All Blacks and Springboks compete for the Freedom Cup. The first international competition dates back to 1884 against Wellington XV, New South Wales, while the first test match dates back to 1903, with a victory against Australia.
New Zealand subsequently played a tour in the northern hemisphere in 1905, during which they were only defeated by Wales in Cardiff. The All Blacks saw their first streak of victories over South Africa's historic rivals in New Zealand end in 1956.
A decade later they reached their longest streak by winning 17 fights between 1965 and 1970, a record they broke in 2016. with the victory over Australia. The British and Irish Lions had their only streak over the All Blacks in 1971, but seven years later the All Blacks completed their first Grand Slam (wins over England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales on the same tour).
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The 1981 Springboks tour of New Zealand caused great civil tension due to protests over South Africa's apartheid policy. In 1987 New Zealand hosted and won the first edition of the World Cup, showing a clear superiority over all the other participating teams.
After apartheid New Zealand toured South Africa in 1996 and achieved its first streak on South Africa. The first uniforms of the New Zealand rugby team consisted of a black jersey with a silver fern and white breeches. From their 1905 tour they began showing up in all black, except for the silver fern, and that's when the nickname All Blacks was born.
The All Blacks traditionally perform a haka before each match. The traditional haka performed is Ka Mate, although Kapa or Pango, a modified version of the 1924 Kia Whaka-ngawari, has occasionally been performed since 2005.
New Zealand shared a video with some exercises related to the preparation for the match against Italy in November 2021. Here it is below (pics and video by All Blacks TV):
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