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Does the Haka need to be protected?

England’s response to the All Black’s Haka in the World Cup semi-final reminded me of the French arrowhead formation they took up at the 2011 final. They ended up being fined and that prompted me to write an article about some of the more memorable ways opposition teams have faced the New Zealander’s challenge.

This was originally posted in October 2011.

england v haka

A Rugby Life

The IRB have fined £2,500 France for crossing the half-way line during New Zealand’s haka before the World Cup final, but is that fair?  I have always been a fan of the haka as one of the great traditions of rugby, although my view has changed a bit after my recent trip to New Zealand.  But more of that later.

I thought the French response to the All Blacks’ haka was a good one – lining up in arrow formation before advancing to accept the challenge.  It provided a bit of theatre before the kick-off and I’m sure gave the French an extra psychological edge.  After all, why should the All Blacks be the only ones allowed to benefit mentally from their pre-match ritual?

This reminded me of the 2008 Autumn International series when Wales were accused of being disrespectful to New Zealand when they faced them during their haka…

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