New Zealand's Love Affair with Rugby

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Rugby began in England, but New Zealand will face Australia when the World Cup is held in London this weekend. The most successful sports team in history is the New Zealand All Blacks, who are famous for a Maori war chant called the Haka that they perform before each game.

All Blacks vs Australia at the 2011 Rugby World Cup
Photo: Jeanfrancois Beausejour

Ron Palenski, president of the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame and author of Rugby: A New Zealand History, has more on New Zealand's love affair with Rugby.




Warren Olney