New Zealand's national rugby team, the All Blacks, has the best winning record of any national team in the world, and is currently ranked first in the world.The All Blacks won the first Rugby World Cup in 1987. They won their third World Cup in 2015 in England, becoming the first holders to successfully defend their title.Rugby union is the national sport in New Zealand, and is popular across all sections of New Zealand society, and many New Zealanders associate it with their national identity.
Historically, the national cricket team has not been as successful as the national rugby team.
New Zealand played its first test in 1930 but had to wait until 1956 to win its first test.
The All Blacks traditionally perform a haka, a Māori challenge, at the start of international matches.
This practice has been mimicked by several other national teams, notably the national rugby league team, and the basketball teams.
Sport in New Zealand largely reflects its British colonial heritage, with some of the most popular sports being rugby union, rugby league, cricket, football (soccer) and netball which are primarily played in Commonwealth countries.
New Zealand is a small nation but has enjoyed success in many sports, notably rugby union (considered the national sport), rugby league, cricket (considered the national summer sport), America's Cup sailing, world championship and Olympics events and motorsport and softball.
Sport New Zealand is the main government agency responsible for governing sport and recreation in New Zealand.
It was established in 2003 by the Sport and Recreation New Zealand Act 2002, consolidating three agencies into one, and was known as Sport and Recreation New Zealand (SPARC) until February 2012.
Other popular sports include netball, basketball, golf, tennis, rowing, and a variety of water sports, particularly sailing and surf sports.