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Standing up to the Haka

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It was a few years ago, it may have been the 2008 WC and England formed a huddle some distance from the Kiwi Haka and I thought that was really ordinary.

Face up to it, its part of the game and helps sell the sport.

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If I remember right, the Mason incident was him thinking it was a joke that Nathan Fien was doing the Haka.

 

and brent webb...

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Why do we have to interrupt our preparation to a big game by standing around like lemons whilst the Kiwis psyche themselves up?

We should do a warm up drill and as they reach their crescendo collectively give them an Anglo Saxon "v"

We have traditions too which are probably as contrived as theirs.

At the very least we should insult them by turning our backs on them. Are we going to Wembley to appreciate their culture or beat them in a sporting contest?

Synchronised queuing would be a goer

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England should perform a sort of conga accompanied by a Black Lace drum and base mash up.

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To quote Blazing Saddles "Don't shoot him,it'll only make him mad".

Stand in front of them,respect the haka,then out play them.Job done.

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I remember Willie Mason, born in Auckland rather ironically, disrespecting the Kiwis during their Haka not long since, calling them "f****** w******" which you could clearly lipread during the broadcast.

 

It certainly seemed to pump up David Kidwell, he chose his moment and laid Mason out.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKk1NbHszn8

 

I will never get bored of watching Willie Mason get lumped

 

As for the haka, I hope to see a revival of the 1973 vintage...

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emJyEa4z2Ec

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It was a few years ago, it may have been the 2008 WC and England formed a huddle some distance from the Kiwi Haka and I thought that was really ordinary.

Face up to it, its part of the game and helps sell the sport.

I think it was a four nations game in 2010 at Wellington. England ignored it with a huddle. (And the English were in that one-off Centenary/Wigan/Leigh kit)

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I think it's a travesty that Ireland never did River Dance, they were half way there stood with there arms round each other, if only Pat Richards had led the way and started wiggling his legs and moving his head from side to side.

 

Perhaps whilst NZ are hakaring, Sinfield should walk up and down the England line screaming out Braveheart type lines.

 

But I like the idea of the entire England team caterpillaring about the pitch, that diffuse the NZ agression, or doing some really rubbish break dancing ending up with a classic finish one leg up and hand on chin.

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a few years back the irish yawnion team did a celtic charge at the all blacks whilst they were doing the haka.....

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This new version of the haka isn't very good anyway.

 

Brilliant, haka flatcappery.

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In finest English tradition our lads should respond with a rousing chorus of "in-ger-land, in-ger-land, in-ger-land...." before moving seamlessly into "you're gonna get your f*****g heads kicked in..." and ending with the traditional "come and have a go if you think you're hard enough..."

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Surely if you're going to be intimidated by the Haka, you shouldn't be playing in the first place.

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At the very least we should insult them by turning our backs on them.

 

No. No, no, no. Very un-British.

 

Stand and face them, and finish with a respectful smatter of applause. Then get on with the game.

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Some disappointing stuff posted in this thread.

 

Stand and face them, respect their tradition and then play hard against them.

 

It's also worth pointing out that the haka is not a "war dance" it's a ceremonial greeting.

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Some disappointing stuff posted in this thread.

 

Stand and face them, respect their tradition and then play hard against them.

 

It's also worth pointing out that the haka is not a "war dance" it's a ceremonial greeting.

 

Just to be clear, my viral dance suggestion was a joke.  :rolleyes:

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this, or we should have tables n chairs on the pitch and butlers serving cups of tea which the players sip pinky aloft :) 

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One for the flatcappers!

 

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<p>The best reaction I ever saw was the Welsh union side three or four years back.</p>

<p> </p>

<p>They stood and stared. And they didn't move. It took minutes to shift them.</p>

<p> </p>

<p>It was brilliant theatre.</p>

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