Story: Sport and the nation

Ricki Herbert and John Key, 2010

Ricki Herbert and John Key, 2010

The importance of sporting success to the nation is often symbolised by the support that successful teams get from political leaders. Here, Prime Minister John Key (right) joins the All Whites coach Ricki Herbert in waving to the New Zealand supporters after New Zealand held Italy to a draw in their group match during the 2010 FIFA World Cup at Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit, South Africa, on 20 June 2010.

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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