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Healthspan Elite Official Sports Nutrition Partner of the All Blacks

Healthspan Elite Partnership: The All Blacks

Introducing the Healthspan Elite All Blacks range: co-created with the All Blacks, works for all

Healthspan Elite All Blacks range

After forming an official partnership in 2020, Healthspan Elite and the All Blacks worked together over the following 18 months to create a sports nutrition line perfect for the players, and also for anyone who wants to reach their performance goals.

Healthspan's 25 years of nutrition expertise, coupled with input from All Blacks nutritionist Kat Darry and feedback from the All Blacks players, led to the creation of 32 products following Healthspan Elite's Clean, Lean and Green ethos.

Clean products are Informed-Sport approved and free from banned substances and artificial or unnecessary ingredients. Lean products have science-backed formulations to help you achieve your performance goals. Green products have, wherever possible, recyclable packaging and use sustainably sourced plant-based ingredients.

The range may be co-created with the All Blacks, but it works for all: it's a well-rounded sports nutrition range suitable for all fitness enthusiasts. Find out more about our Clean, Lean and Green guiding principles.


Watch: Kat Darry on the Healthspan Elite All Blacks range and why nutrition is so important to the All Blacks


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Story of a partnership: the All Blacks and Healthspan Elite

In September 2020, New Zealand Rugby (NZR) announced that Healthspan Elite had been chosen as its first-ever official sports nutrition, sports protein and vitamins and supplements partner.

This long-term partnership sees the All Blacks players take exclusively Healthspan Elite supplements to support their health and performance needs.

Healthspan Elite has been proud to supply the All Blacks with supplements since 2015. The All Blacks set the highest possible standards with their performances on the pitch, and this approach carries over into how they choose their supplements.

Healthspan Elite supplements are formulated by doctors and nutritionists, using the highest-quality ingredients and independently batch-tested to be free from World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) banned substances. This means that the All Blacks can take Healthspan Elite supplements with complete peace of mind.

All Blacks nutritionist Kat Darry on Healthspan Elite supplements

"The high daily physical demands experienced by elite-level rugby players such as the All Blacks often makes it difficult for players to eat enough or to meet their individual needs for specific nutrients," says Darry.

"To have the support of specific supplements from Healthspan Elite, which can be utilised when a player's needs are greater than what they can meet from our food-first approach, is important."

Watch: why the All Blacks use Healthspan Elite supplements

What will the partnership mean?

Healthspan will pull on its vast 25 years of experience to provide the players with the right supplements to support their success on the pitch and their wellbeing off it.

The good news is that not only are Healthspan Elite supplements of the highest quality – they're also great value. This makes them as accessible and beneficial to everyone as they are to the All Blacks. 

You don't have to be an All Black to supplement like one. Healthspan Elite is here to support you, whatever your activity or health goals.

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.

All Blacks logo

The silver fern

The silver fern Cyathea dealbata is a species of fern tree found only in NZ. It has been worn as an emblem by New Zealand's national rugby teams since 1888 and first appeared on the All Blacks' jerseys during their 1905 tour. The All Blacks silver fern logo changed many times until 1986, when the current logo was created and trademarked.

The silver fern is so called because the undersides of the fronds are silver or white – these reflect the moonlight, making them useful for navigating the NZ bush at night. To Māori, the fern is known for strength and resilience, while to Pākehā (New Zealanders of non-Māori descent) it symbolises their sense of attachment to their homeland.

Following the establishment of New Zealand Rugby (NZR) in 1892, the first NZR-sanctioned New Zealand team was selected for an 11-match tour to Australia. This was the first team to wear the famous black jersey and the team lost just once, to New South Wales in Sydney.

It wasn't until 1903 that the All Blacks played their first official test match, against Australia in Sydney. The All Blacks scored three tries to one in a 22-3 win. Two years later in 1905, captain Dave Gallaher led the team on an epic tour of the UK, France and North America. The team have since become known as 'The Originals' and the tour established New Zealand's world-class rugby reputation.

In 1924, the All Blacks became known as 'The Invincibles' after they were unbeaten on their tour of Britain, Ireland and France.

In 1932, the first Bledisloe Cup match (a competition between Australia and New Zealand) was played. The All Blacks won this first match and, since 2003, New Zealand have retained the Bledisloe Cup.

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.

All Blacks doing the Haka

The Haka

Most people associate haka (pronounced haa-kah) with the All Blacks, but there are many variations of this Māori ceremonial dance or challenge. In Māori culture, haka was traditionally performed to express a feeling or strong emotion. This included when groups opposed each other in times of battle, but haka was also performed during times of peace, such as tribal celebrations.

Ka mate, Ka mate – the original All Black haka – was composed by Māori Rangatira (chief) Te Rauparaha of te Ngāti Toa Rangatira tribe. This haka has been used by the All Blacks since 1905, but in 2005 a new haka, Kapa o Pango, was introduced, written especially for the All Blacks by Derek Lardelli.

Learn the words to the All Blacks haka

Ka mate! Ka mate!

Ka ora! Ka ora!

Ka mate! Ka mate!

Ka ora! Ka ora!

Tēnei te tangata pūhuru huru

Nāna nei i tiki mai

Whakawhiti te rā

Ā upane!

Ka upane!

Ā upane!

Ka upane! Whiti te ra!

Hi!

I may die! I may die!

I may live! I may live!

I may die! I may die!

I may live! I may live!

This is the hairy man

Who fetched the sun

And caused it to shine again

One upward step!

Another upward step!

An upward step!

Another… the sun shines!

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