Watch: Ed Sheeran comes out swinging for NZ in Aussie interview - 'They are better at rugby'

Music megastar Ed Sheeran has gone into bat for New Zealand.

"I do really, really, like New Zealand," Sheeran said, drawing a bemused look from interviewer Angela Cox on Channel 7's Sunday Night show, also aired on TVNZ's Sunday. 

She simply asked, "Why?"

Sheeran wasn't sure what to make of the reaction "Why are you getting so uppity, do Australians not like New Zealander's or something?"

"You know we have a little bit of rivalry," Ms Cox replied, before Sheeran came back with a stinging rebuke that is sure to endear him to New Zealand fans.

"What, because they’re better at rugby?" he said with a cheeky smile to the camera.

When the British popstar was in NZ for his gap year, a Kiwi tattooist gave him the greenstone. Source: Seven Sharp

"Ouch, he's coming out swinging today," Ms Cox responded.

Questioned about it, Sheeran then proudly pulled out his Maori necklace, carved in the shape of a whale’s tail, and said he hasn't taken it off since he got it.

"I bought loads of them and gave them all to my mates as well. Now they haven’t taken them off," he said.

Being more diplomatic near the end of the interview, Sheeran said he likes both Australia and New Zealand, just for different reasons.

He managed to squeeze in one parting shot at our Aussie neighbours though when he cheekily reiterated, "They are better at rugby than you though."

Sheeran visits New Zealand for two shows in Auckland and Dunedin in March next year.

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'Is he from New Zealand?' - Lorde stunned as she learns on Aussie radio show that Russell Crowe is a fellow Kiwi

Kiwi pop star Lorde admitted she thought Russell Crowe "was Australian as they come" after she learned during a recent game of pub trivia that the actor is actually a New Zealander. 

Appearing as a guest on Australia's Triple J radio station yesterday, host Brooke tested the 'Green Light' singer's general knowledge against fellow breakfast radio hosts Ben and Liam. 

Ella Yelich-O'Connor, otherwise known as Lorde, gives an insight into the life that she lives. Source: Seven Sharp

When asked "on a traffic light, where is the green light", Lorde correctly answered green after Ben and Liam guessed it was on the top, and she was quick to answer a question about Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 

However, Lorde was stumped when a sound clip of Wellington born Russell Crowe was played from the movie Gladiator and was baffled when she asked "Is he from New Zealand? - Russell Crowe?"

"I thought he was as Australian as they come," she said. 

Amazed, Liam replied, "you're spitting on your home nation here. This is unbelievable. We try and claim him. He's actually yours."

Lorde did know however that Crowe was the owner of the NRL team, the South Sydney Rabbitohs. 

Lorde is one very down to earth Kiwi, as Seven Sharp's Toni Street found out. Source: Seven Sharp