Its amazing how much one overlooks what is normal in ones ownculture that may have a completely different interpretation elsewhere.
The All Blacks are called that because they play in 'all black". Actually they have a white collar to their jerseys, but next year they are going back to all black again.
Black is reflected in many of our national teams as we play in black.
The Black Caps - cricket
The Tall Blacks - basketball
The Black Sticks - field hockey
The Cold Blacks - ice hockey
The Black Ferns - Women's rugby
The Black Socks - baseball
Wheel Blacks - wheelchair rugby
Iron BLacks - our American Football team.
We have even persuaded the French to call us Les All Blacks. Well when they are winning at least.
On the other hand our soccer team is call the All Whites because they play ............... all in white.
Some names do not catch on though. The national badminton team tried Black Cocks but that never caught on.
I never though people might see this in racial terms.
If you want to know about the team try this http://www.allblacks.com/Teams
Good watching this afternoon and just remember this: The olympic Gold Medal holders of record is (drum roll please) the USA. True fact.