The New Zealand Cricket Team, nicknamed the BlackCaps, played their first test in 1930 against England in Christchurch, however cricket had be present on the island since 1842.

The British & Irish Lions is a rugby union team selected from players eligible for the national teams of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. The team currently tours every four years, with these rotating between Australia, New Zealand and South Africa in order. The most recent test series, the 2021 series against South Africa, was won 2–1 by South Africa.

Playing their first ever match against England in 1874, rugby union has been an integral part of Irish sporting history. As a nation they have produced great players such as: Willie John McBride, Paul O’Connell, Brian O’Driscoll and Mike Gibson.



The Japan National Rugby team is traditionally seen as the strongest Rugby Union power in Asia, competing annually in the Pacific Nations Cup and Asian Rugby Championship. Recent years have seen the side produce big upsets against tier 1 teams - beating Wales 23-8 in 2013 and causing arguably the biggest upset in rugby history with a 34-32 victory over South Africa's Springboks in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Japan will be hosting the Rugby Union World Cup in 2019.