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Rugby

 

Rugby

Rugby is New Zealand’s national sport, and whenever the All Blacks appear on the international stage a nation of supporters watches their every move.

The sport of rugby is embedded in the hearts and minds of Kiwis and, for many, watching games is akin to a religious observance - at the very least, most New Zealanders would agree it is an integral part of the culture.

 

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All Blacks - national heroes

The All Blacks, New Zealand's national rugby team, are one of the most feared opponents in the rugby world. Seeing them on the field in their black jerseys emblazoned with the silver fern, performing the haka, stirs pride in the hearts of Kiwis around the world.

The Rugby World Cup 2011 tournament - the world's third largest sporting event - brought 133,000 international fans to New Zealand for the biggest rugby festival ever seen. It culminated with a thrilling final at Eden Park where the All Blacks defeated France.

For those who might not know how the game is played - rugby is a rough and tumble game consisting of 15 players each side, trying to get the oval shaped rugby ball across the try line.

Iconic New Zealand rugby grounds

Iconic New Zealand rugby grounds

Rising from cities, small towns and country paddocks filled with farmers’ stock, no part of New Zealand’s landscape is quite complete without a set of rugby goal posts.


New Zealand Rugby Museum fields rare 1st XV

New Zealand Rugby Museum fields rare 1st XV

Rugby enthusiasts visiting New Zealand have the opportunity to come face to face with a first XV of a rare and precious kind - fielded by the country’s national rugby museum.


 


Rugby players enjoy New Zealand's great outdoors

Rugby players enjoy New Zealand's great outdoors

Winning or losing aside ... off the field and away from the pressures, New Zealand’s great outdoors provided some amazing experiences for Rugby World Cup players between matches.

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