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In its early years, the Bledisloe Cup was contested irregularly, with major events such as Second World War forcing a hiatus of the contest. It is regarded now as one of the hardest such crowns to win, notwithstanding the fact that the two sides are now legitimate superpowers on the world rugby stage.
The holder of the Cup has a considerable advantage, being that the challenger needs to win a greater number of matches to take the famous trophy.
Rugby Union’s Bledisloe Cup is contested by the Australia national rugby union team and New Zealand national rugby union team. It is named after Lord Bledisloe, the former Governor-General of New Zealand who donated the trophy in 1931.
The trophy was designed in New Zealand by Nelson Isaac, and crafted by Walker and Hall in London. It is physically the largest trophy in world rugby.
Once played irregularly every few years, Bledisloe Cup matches now happens annually, and include Rugby Championship (formerly Tri Nations) fixtures between the two sides.
The sports team that has given the haka the greatest exposure overseas has been the All Blacks, who perform it before their matches. It has become a distinctive feature of the All Blacks.
Haka is the generic name for all Maori dance.
Aujourd'hui, haka is defined as that part of the Maori dance repertoire where the men are to the fore with the women lending vocal support in the rear. Most haka seen today are haka taparahi, haka without weapons.
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