Rugby

All Blacks awarded Spain's top sports prize

2017-05-25 09:47
Steve Hansen (Getty Images)

Madrid - New Zealand's All Blacks were awarded Spain's top sports prize on Wednesday for being "an example of racial and cultural integration".

The team famed for performing the haka war dance derived from New Zealand's indigenous Maori and for fielding rugby greats such as the late Jonah Lomu were given the Princess of Asturias Award for Sports.

"Having become an icon of the sport worldwide, the New Zealand team is also considered an example of racial and cultural integration, conveying values of unity, friendship, solidarity and sportsmanship," prize organisers said in a statement.

Speaking in the northern Spanish city of Oviedo where the organisers are based, jury president and former Spanish athlete Abel Anton said the All Blacks had racked up a "very high percentage of victories, which puts them among the most successful teams in any sport".

He added the team helped contribute to "the unity of New Zealanders of different origins, as symbolised by the haka".

Coached by Steve Hansen, the All Blacks have won three of the eight Rugby World Cups so far - in 1987, 2011 and 2015.


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