New Zealand is a country known as being very active in sport. Sport has a major role in NZ culture. Rugby is the national sport of NZ. New Zealand’s powerful national rugby team called the All Blacks have won the Rugby World Cup THREE TIMES (1987, 2011, 2015) which is more than any other world team. Other New Zealand’s popular sports include cricket, netball, basketball, soccer, golf, tennis, cycling, field hockey, skiing and snow boarding.
Cricket is regarded as New Zealand’s main summer sport, and the New Zealand cricket team (known as ‘The Black Caps’) usually ranks in the top six teams in the world. Netball is New Zealand’s most prominent women’s sport, and the New Zealand national team, the Silver Ferns, have been world champions on several occasions.
New Zealand’s most famous sportsperson is Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Other internationally famous New Zealand sportspeople include cricket player Sir Richard Hadlee, rugby player Jonah Lomu, sailor Sir Peter Blake and 2005 US Open golf tournament winner Michael Campbell.