In an attempt to attract publicity, Badminton New Zealand chose 'Black Cocks' as a nickname for their national teams.
Badminton New Zealand is an organization established in 1927 by Archdeacon Ralph Creed Meredith of Whanganui, one of its first champions. Badminton New Zealand has 27 regional member associations and organizes the New Zealand Open tournament- basically what you would expect from any country’s national sports teams.
To attract publicity, sponsorship, players, and fans, the name “Black Cocks” was chosen. Did it work? Well they did get a lot more publicity, and condom companies grew interest in sponsoring them. Still, it was treated as more of a joke, and eventually it was officially dropped.