Story: Sport and the nation

'We're the greatest'

'We're the greatest'

Murray Ball's 1967 cartoon of a small rugby supporter grabbing hold of a huge All Black and shouting out across the ocean, 'We're the greatest', expresses well how much some New Zealanders identified with their national rugby team. They hoped that the success of the All Blacks would attract notice from distant countries.

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Cartoon by Murray Ball

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Sport and the nation - The relationship between sport and nationalism', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 December 2021)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 Sep 2013