In rugby, there are nearly as many nicknames as there are teams, such as the All Blacks, Pumas, Wallabies, and Springboks. The tradition of assigning nicknames to national teams based on their emblems, historical significance, or their country’s identity runs deep. In the northern hemisphere, teams typically adopt the formula “the XV of...” followed by the emblem displayed on their shield. Conversely, in the southern hemisphere, nicknames often directly reference the team’s attire, as seen with the All Blacks, or animals native to their respective countries, like the Pumas.
Let’s delve into the origins of some of the most renowned rugby team nicknames:
Beyond these well-known teams, there are other lesser-known teams with unique nicknames, such as the Oaks of Romania, the Lelos of Georgia, the Uruguayan Teros, and the Flying Fijians, each with its own intriguing backstory.
The Japanese team, known as the Cherry Blossoms, derives its name from the sacred plant in Shinto religion, closely tied to Japanese Samurai culture.