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New Zealand All Blacks

Can anyone dethrone the All Blacks? (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The All Blacks are New Zealand’s international rugby union side. They are almost unanimously considered the strongest country in world rugby, with some even suggesting they are the single-most dominant international team in any sport.

The All Blacks are not only one of 11 countries to have qualified for every Rugby World Cup, but are also the most successful country in tournament history.

They’ve lifted the Webb Ellis trophy on a record three occasions, and are the only team to have successfully defended a World Cup title after going back-to-back in 2011 and 2015.

New Zealand are also one of three countries to have appeared in the knockout stage of every World Cup, alongside the Wallabies and France.

The All Blacks compete in the Rugby Championship with Australia, South Africa, and Argentina, having previously participated in the Tri-Nations prior to Argentina’s introduction.

They have been by far and away the most dominant side in that competition too, collecting 10 Tri-Nations victories and six Rugby Championship titles – more than every other team combined.

New Zealand’s fierce rivalry with Australia is played out in the form of the Bledisloe Cup, which is normally three-match series that overlaps with the Rugby Championship.

The All Blacks have won 48 of the 60 Bledisloe series played so far, including the last 17 in a row.

Waisake Naholo celebrates a try (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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Richie McCaw is the most capped All Black of all time, having suited up for the team 148 times – making him the most capped rugby union international player of all time. He was captain for 110 of those Tests.

Dan Carter holds both the All Black and overall record for most points, with 1598, while Doug Howlett’s 49 tries make him New Zealand’s all-time leading tryscorer.

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