Healthspan Elite Partnership: All Blacks
History of the All Blacks
Having won 77 per cent of their 580 matches between 1903 and 2019, New Zealand's All Blacks are the most successful international men's rugby team of all time.
The All Blacks have won the Rugby World Cup three times (1987, 2011 and 2015), have won 10 of 16 Investec Rugby Championship trophies and have held the Bledisloe Cup (played between New Zealand and Australia) for 17 years.
The first New Zealand team was selected for a tour to New South Wales in Australia in 1884. They went on to record eight wins in eight matches in Australia and members of this team have been recognised as the very first All Blacks.
Between 1888 and 1889 The Natives played 107 matches in a marathon tour of New Zealand, Australia and the UK. Although they were not All Blacks, they were the first team to wear an all-black jersey and did a great deal to raise the profile of New Zealand rugby.
New Zealand hosted and won the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987, beating France 29-9 in the final. They went on to win the 2011 and 2015 World Cups, becoming the first nation to retain the World Championship title and the first to win the World Cup three times.
In 2016 the All Blacks broke the record for the longest winning streak – 18 Test victories achieved between 2015 and 2016.