Teams in Black
The catchy name and silver fern iconography of the All Blacks caught on in New Zealand, inspiring the branding of several other national sporting teams.
Examples are the Tall Blacks (men’s basketball), Black Caps (men’s cricket), Silver Ferns (women’s netball), Black Sticks (men’s hockey), All Whites (men’s football) and White Ferns (women’s cricket).
New Zealand’s representative rugby teams were not exempt from this trend - like the Black Ferns, who burst onto the scene at the inaugural women’s Rugby World Cup in Wales in 1991.
Bursting onto the scene at the inaugural women's Rugby World Cup in 1991, the Black Ferns have the highest winning percentage of any international rugby team.
Sevens rugby, which is a shorter game played on a full size pitch by teams of seven rather than fifteen.
Māori All Blacks
Founded in 1910, the high-performing Māori All Blacks team is a pipeline for future All Blacks and a dominant force in its own right.