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Raised by rugby
2018

The All Blacks team has dominated the world rugby rankings since its introduction in 2003. Rarely has domination in a sport been so long, and New Zealand's domination has been mostly due to the formation of elite school teams.

Rugby is one of the main subjects of the educational programs in many secondary schools in New Zealand, with a common goal of creating future All Blacks.
Gisborne Boys' High School in Gisborne on the North Island of New Zealand is one of them. This school, as it produces elite players and wins a national or international competition on a regular basis, remains one of the most prestigious in the country. Its defining feature is that the training of its team is drawn from the Maori culture since the majority of the high school’s student body is of Maori descent. The team follows guidelines called kawa, nourished by traditional Maori rules. Classes, training, haka practice and interschool competitions punctuate their routine.

The equal access to sport and the particular attention paid to training allows New Zealand rugby to perpetuate its dominant position in its sport.

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