The All Blacks

And ' the formation of the New Zealand national rugby team , a team that was created over a century ago . According to legend, the All Blacks nickname comes from a misprint in a newspaper published in London in 1905 during the first European tour of New Zealand national . It seems that the journalist was referring to the hefty style of play of the team " as if it consisted of all backs " , ie " all strikers," as in rugby the ball can only be passed backwards. The editors , perhaps unfamiliar with the rules of the sport , interpreted in their own way the alleged error and added an "L" thinking about the color of the uniform of the players, completely black with a silver fern leaf on the left side of the shirt. Since then the name is part of the All Blacks legend.
The only exception to the black uniform of the game, and of course the fern leaf, is a poppy embroidered on the jersey that is worn only during the matches played against France , a tradition started in 2000 to pay tribute to the memory of fallen soldiers Zealand to the side of the Allies on French soil during the Second World War.
In a century of history , the All Blacks have played more than 400 games against other national teams from around the world , winning more than 300 . With a winning percentage of 75% - an absolute record in the history of rugby - the All Blacks are the strongest national team of all time .
A myth that the All Blacks renewed before each international match by performing the " Haka " , the traditional dance of the Maori , a ritual was born in 1888 at the hands of New Zealand Natives , the team set up by the British colonial , and then maintained in the tradition the All Blacks . The All Blacks perform a haka called " Ka Mate " , but on special occasions prefer the haka " Kapa or Pango " to respect the multicultural composition of the team reflecting in particular the Polynesian cultural influences .
The reputation of the All Blacks goes far beyond the world of rugby to the point that , according to a study conducted worldwide in 2006 , the team is in fifth place overall among the sports teams around the world and all specialties, from formula 1 ( Ferrari team holds second place) to football ( Juventus is the seventh ) .
The sympathies and the level of care received by the All Blacks are difficult to explain solely with the absolute excellence of their performance . What really makes them unique in the eyes of audiences around the world are the simplicity and purity of their values ​​, lived in a consistent manner on the playing field : loyalty , commitment to keep promises , team spirit , the to determine the result , and humility. And 'This is the real strength of the All Blacks .