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    Perfect response by England

    Owen Farrell at the centre of the V smirking
    All blacks politely behind the 10m while Marler is in NZ space and could t give a toss.

    Meanwhile NZ keep dancing, hope they felt self conscious

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    Nice formation from England, seemed like the ABs didn't know where to direct their gaze/focus

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    I believe the haka is a great tradition of All Black rugby and also marks the contribution of the Maori tradition to the nation and the game. It is not about mind games, points scoring, etc. and should be observed respectfully.

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    Default Re: That haka

    Quote Originally Posted by timmad View Post
    and should be observed respectfully.
    Which is what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmad View Post
    I believe the haka is a great tradition of All Black rugby and also marks the contribution of the Maori tradition to the nation and the game. It is not about mind games, points scoring, etc. and should be observed respectfully.
    I understood it to be a challenge prior to war. What is disrespectful about facing up to that challenge in a V formation? Surely it's disrespectful not to face challenge, but facing it however you want should be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by winchesterref View Post
    Which is what?
    Stand and watch - perhaps even applaud at the end. Observing the Haka close up is a privilege I would have loved to enjoy had I been a good enough player.

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    They did stand and watch didn’t they, just in two straight lines not one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmad View Post
    I believe the haka is a great tradition of All Black rugby and also marks the contribution of the Maori tradition to the nation and the game. It is not about mind games, points scoring, etc. and should be observed respectfully.
    I give it the same respect as any other type of traditional dancing (and I have been on my fair share of day excursion to see that sort of thing)

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmad View Post
    I believe the haka is a great tradition of All Black rugby and also marks the contribution of the Maori tradition to the nation and the game. It is not about mind games, points scoring, etc. and should be observed respectfully.
    They can do the haka if they want - personally I am now a little bored with it. However they apparently believe they have the inalienable right to do it immediately before the kick-off, regardless of the opposition. Moreover they also claim the right to complain about how the oppposition reacts. It may be their culture, but it is not mine.
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    Default Re: That haka

    I think we’d soon have complaints from the general public if Wales, Scotland, England and Ireland did their national dances for two minutes before the kick-off!
    The opposition would soon lose their concentration - probably because of laughing so much.

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