[A repeat from May 7, 2017] Rugby was first introduced in New Zealand in 1870. The Kiwi team adopted the name “The Originals.” But in 1905 – during a tour of the British Isles – the team became known as the “All Blacks” because of their uniforms. And the name stuck.
The All Blacks are the greatest rugby team in the world. Since the introduction of World Rugby Rankings in 2003, All Blacks have held the number one ranking longer than all other teams – combined! And they have been the World Rugby Team of the Year ten times since the award was created in 2001.
Before each international match, the All Blacks perform a “haka” — a Maori challenge to the opposition. I can’t explain it. Please — spend 2-1/2 minutes and watch the following video (or use this link – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiKFYTFJ_kw ).
I’m teaching my granddaughters the haka. Words too. I’m gonna start doing the haka on Saturday mornings on the first tee when I play golf. Wearing my All Blacks’ hat. Ka mate! Ka mate!
Ka ora! Ka ora! Whiti te ra!