Sports of New Zealand
Many Kiwis are very keen sports people, there’s nothing more exciting than to get behind your favorite sports team and support them in any way you can!
The top three of the most popular sports in New Zealand definitely include rugby, cricket and netball. These sports are primarily played in Commonwealth of Nations countries.
Let’s have a closer look
Rugby is popular among all ages, sectors and levels of society in New Zealand. The All Blacks are the national rugby team, and is currently the team that dominates the rugby world! The All Blacks traditionally perform a haka, a Maori challenge, at the start of international matches. Rugby is an important part of New Zealand society. The top domestic competitions are Super Rugby, ITM Cup and the Heartland Championship.
The New Zealand National Teams are: All Blacks, Junior All Blacks, Māori All Blacks, Black Ferns, Sevens, Under 21s, Under 20s and Under 19s
Then there are several professional rugby union teams such as The Blues, Chiefs, Hurricanes, Crusaders and Highlanders .
New Zealand also has a selection of provincial teams including, Auckland, Wellington, Waikato, Taranaki, Southland, Otago, Northland, North Harbour, Canterbury, Bay of Plenty, Counties Manukau, Tasman, Manawatu and Hawke’s Bay.
Cricket is a very popular summer sport in the nation. New Zealand is one of the ten countries that take part in test match cricket. The national Cricket team are the Black Caps and Brendon McCullum is the current captain of the team.
The Black Caps play in a range of competitions including the World Cup, ICC Knockout & ICC Champions Trophy and the Twenty20 World Championship.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 is the 11th Cricket World Cup, hosted by New Zealand and Australia. The opening ceremony and match was hosted by Christchurch in New Zealand. Visit the official ICC Cricket World Cup website for the latest updates.
Black Caps Captain
In December 2012, Brendon McCullum – an aggressive batsman and wicket weekper – was named as Captain for the Black Caps. Well known for his fast scoring rate, McCullum became the first New Zealand cricketer to score a triple hundred in Test cricket after scoring 302 runs against India in February 2014. McCullum plays for the Otago Volts at provincial level, and for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL.
Netball is by far the most popular women’s sport in New Zealand. The Silver Ferns are the national Netball team, and are one of the leading Netball teams in the world.
Netball is a sport played between two teams of seven players, on a rectangular court with raised goal rings at each end. Each team attempts to score goals by passing a ball down the court and shooting it through its goal ring.
More information on New Zealand Netball can be found here: NZ Netball