10. Australia vs New Zealand –  Various Sports

Australia and New Zealand have some intense but generally, friendly rivalry between each other in all sporting disciplines. The sporting rivalries have really started to blossom in the 21st Century. Currently, Australia and New Zealand face off primarily in Cricket and Rugby, along with Athletics. Football was once a big sport between the two, especially during the World Cup qualification campaigning, but Australia have shifted their footballing conference to Asia, to face more competition.

Australia Beat New Zealand in the 2015 Cricket World Cup Final
Australia Beat New Zealand in the 2015 Cricket World Cup Final

2015, Australia and New Zealand sporting teams faced each other twice in sport tournament finals. 2015 Cricket World Cup final, in which the Aussies pretty much took a convincing win. The 2015 Rugby World Cup saw New  Zealand defend their crown and defeat the Aussies in the final. While it’s predominantly a rivalry dominated by the Australians, New Zealand are the dominating team in the Rugby Union, having won 3 World Cups (including the 2015 final over Australia) and 13 of the 19 Southern Hemisphere championships.

The All Blacks before the 2015 Rugby World Cup final, which they won in a convincing manner.
The All Blacks before the 2015 Rugby World Cup final, which they won in a convincing manner.

Even in other disciplines, such as Cycling and athletics, there are some on-field rivalries between the athletes of the two nations. During the 2010 Tour de France, Mark Renshaw (an Australian) headbutted Julian Dean (A New Zealand) cyclist that resulted in Renshaw being expelled from that edition of the Tour. Luckily, this is a rivalry between countries that stays more or less friendly.

Currently, the Australian and New Zealand Cricket Teams are facing off in a series in Australia.

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