All blacks are accused of BULLYEN their opponents during the haka – after England was fined for their reaction to the World Cup
- England responded to the pre-game haka of New Zealand with a V-shaped formation
- The team fanned out from Captain Owen Farrell and some stepped halfway
- World Rugby fined England for their actions prior to the semi-final
- The All Blacks were accused of bullying by rugby writer Stephen Jones
The All Blacks have been accused of harassing their opponents by performing their pre-match haka.
England was fined after the team was in a & # 39; V & # 39; formation to take on the traditional Kiwi challenge, with some players crossing the half line – despite protocols dictating that the other team was in their own half had to stay.
England's decision to break the rule has hit them with a nominal fine of four digits.
Welsh rugby writer Stephen Jones has called on the All Blacks to stop the haka altogether, saying it is a & # 39; means of bullying on and off the field & # 39 ;.
& # 39; The haka has long been in part crazy & # 39 ;, he wrote in a column The times.
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England players were challenging when New Zealand prepared to perform the haka (photo) for their semi-final of the World Cup in Japan
The referee even had to warn England player Joe Marler and his teammates to return to allow the Kiwi & # 39; s to perform their famous routine (photo) before the crucial semi-final
& # 39; It's endless now; it takes ages for the other team to freeze. & # 39;
& # 39; It is now a means of bullying on and off the field, and has become a prop instead of a tribute to the Māori heritage in New Zealand. & # 39;
Rugby writer Stephen Jones (photo) calls on the All Blacks to stop the haka
The controversy over the haka – and England's response to it – has also led others to insist on a complete ban on the pre-game tradition.
Some believe it is a & # 39; negative & # 39; impact on the game.
New Zealand sports commentator Chris Rattue claims that the haka has taken the players' focus and concentration away and let them energize at the start of every match.
& # 39; It's time to consider releasing the haka or placing it somewhere else, in the name of winning & # 39 ;, he wrote in the Herald in New Zealand.
The Irish rugby writer, Ewan MacKenna, caused indignation earlier this month when he wrote a piece calling for the pre-match ritual to be banned – but his reasons were very different from Rattue's.
He claimed that the haka gave New Zealand an unfair advantage.
He also claimed that the World Cup & # 39; was dancing & # 39 ;.
& # 39; That's a shame, because New Zealand is justifiably big enough without a massage of their already huge egos. & # 39; s.
Former English whore Brian Moore even said he was bored with it & # 39 ;.
Several players from England moved over to half of New Zealand and were instructed to step back
Sports columnist Kevin Kevin Norquay shot back and defended the haka as a & # 39; national treasure & # 39 ;.
& # 39; When an Irish shock jock column writer wants the haka to ban his blarney, akin to Kiwi & # 39; s telling the Irish that there is too much Guinness in the world, & # 39; he wrote.
The haka was a point of contention during the Rugby World Cup this year.
What is a haka?
A haka is a Maori war dance. It is usually performed during funerals, weddings and sports competitions.
The All Blacks haka is perhaps the most famous.
They perform two haka & # 39; s – Ka Mate and Kapa o Pango.
Kapa o Pango was composed by Derek Lardelli for exclusive use of the All Blacks in 2005.
England players afterwards revealed that the V-shape was the idea of their coach Eddie Jones, with Mako Vunipola afterwards admitting that & # 39; we knew it would fool them & # 39 ;.
Captain Farrell was portrayed as he performed the dance, while New Zealand scrum half Aaron Smith said afterwards that Farrell was winking at him.
The amount of the fine was not disclosed, but in 2011 France received $ 3,200 after forming an arrowhead and marching to the haka before the World Cup Final in Auckland.
Before England made waves with their V-formation, Irish fans caused a stir during their own pre-game shenanigans.
While the All Blacks started their ceremonial war cry, Irish fans heard the text shout to folk ballad The Fields Of Athenry.
According to the World Rugby rules, teams must stand at least 10 meters apart during the Haka performance. However, this was introduced as a security after several attempts to undo the All Blacks in recent years.
The French team linked the poor and in 2011 ran a few meters from the New Zealand team
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