New Zealand Rugby League

New Zealand Rugby League

It is quite interesting looking at the Rugby League because while there is no doubts that it plays the supporting role to the Rugby Union, the national Rugby League side is currently the second best team in the world.  The All Blacks are seen as the sports team of New Zealand, but this has not […]

Athletics and Triathlon in New Zealand

Athletics and Triathlon in New Zealand

In a country where the population is so active it is hardly surprising that athletics has a rich heritage. Thousands of people take part in athletics every week, and there are 200 clubs throughout the country. New Zealand has a rich history of successes at the Olympic Games and setting world record times. Jack Lovelock […]

Football in New Zealand

Football in New Zealand

New Zealand’s footballers are known as the All Whites, and football is the third most popular sport in the country behind rugby and cricket. It is, in fact, the most participated sport in boys from the age 5 to 17. In domestic football, the Wellington Phoenix play in the Australian A-League and their home ground […]

Cricket in New Zealand

Cricket in New Zealand

New Zealand’s cricketers are known as the Black Caps. Cricket was one of the first sports that the country played, but it was not until 1930, until they played their first Test Match, and the first victory against the West Indies at Eden Park in Auckland did not come until 1956. Venues Cricket is played […]

For a country with few people, why is NZ so strong at sport – Part 2

For a country with few people, why is NZ so strong at sport – Part 2

The Second World War played a massive role in New Zealand’s impetus in its search for a sense of national identity. At that time, the population was only 1.6 million, yet 140,000 served in the war and 11,928 lost their lives. The ratio of killed people per million (6684) was the largest among the Commonwealth […]

For a country with few people, why is NZ so strong at sport? – Part 1

For a country with few people, why is NZ so strong at sport? – Part 1

New Zealand is a small country with a population of only 4 million people. Considering the small population, it produces a disproportionately high number of individual sports for men and women, plus world class sports sides. What is it about this country at the bottom of the world that enables it to compete with much […]

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