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New Zealand has names for all their national teams, rugby is the All Blacks, basketball (men's) is the Tall Blacks, baseball is the Diamondbacks, badminton is the Black Cocks (begin giggling now), softball is the Black Sox, and so on down the line. is this just a New Zealand thing or do other countries have names for their national teams?

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Pretty much all national teams have names.  They're just not promoted as heavily as club names are.

 

South Africa's rugby team is the "Springboks", that's one of my favorites.  Australia's "Socceroos" are another.  England is the "Three Lions" in football, 

 

 

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3 hours ago, smzimbabwe said:

New Zealand has names for all their national teams, rugby is the All Blacks, basketball (men's) is the Tall Blacks, baseball is the Diamondbacks, badminton is the Black Cocks (begin giggling now), softball is the Black Sox, and so on down the line. is this just a New Zealand thing or do other countries have names for their national teams?

 

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3 hours ago, smzimbabwe said:

New Zealand has names for all their national teams, rugby is the All Blacks, basketball (men's) is the Tall Blacks, baseball is the Diamondbacks, badminton is the Black Cocks (begin giggling now), softball is the Black Sox, and so on down the line. is this just a New Zealand thing or do other countries have names for their national teams?

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/09/15/nz_badminton_kerfuffle/

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Soccer (Football) nicknames.

Brazil Canarinho - Little Canary

Croatia Vatreni - Blazers

Spain La Furia Roja - The Red Fury

Chile La Roja - Red One

Colombia Los Cafeteros - Coffee Growers

Greece Piratiko The Pirate Ship

Ivory Coast Les Elephants - Elephants

Japan Blue Samarai

Uraguay La Celeste - The Sky Blue One

Argentina La Albiceletes - The White and Sky blue

Bosnia and Herzegovina  Zmajevi - Dragons

Portugal Seleccao da Quinas - Team of the five 

 

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I think soccer and rugby are the sports where this is most popular. Here are a list of rugby ones:

 

Argentina: Pumas

Georgia: Lelos

Romania: The Oaks

Spain: Los Leones

USA: The Eagles

Canada: Canucks

France: Les Bleus

Italy: Azzurri

Japan: Cherry Blossoms

Samoa: Manu Samoa

Tonga: Ikale Tahi

Fiji: Flying Fijians

Portugal: Os Lobos

Russia: Bears

Chile: Los Condores

Uruguay: Los Teros

Brazil: Tupis

Australia: The Wallabies

Belgium: Diables Noirs

Kenya: Simbas

Namibia: Welwitschias

Hong Kong: Dragons

Ivory Coast: Les Éléphants

Zimbabwe: Sables

Austria: Capricorns

Andorra: Els Isards

Botswana: The Vultures

Cambodia: Koupreys

Cameroon: Indomitable Lions

Cayman Islands: Caymans

Cook Islands: Cookies

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On 3/30/2018 at 2:13 PM, smzimbabwe said:

New Zealand has names for all their national teams, rugby is the All Blacks, basketball (men's) is the Tall Blacks, baseball is the Diamondbacks, badminton is the Black Cocks (begin giggling now), softball is the Black Sox, and so on down the line. is this just a New Zealand thing or do other countries have names for their national teams?

 

 

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