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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Northland Haka for departing Rene Ranger after farewell game

Rene Ranger played his final game for Northland at the weekend, captaining the side to a 20-19 victory over Bay of Plenty in Whangarei. Ranger leaves to join Montpellier in France later this month. His team followed up the win by giving him this memorable post match send off Haka.

Ahead of the game Ranger said: "Sad that I'm leaving but excited that I'm leaving too."

Ranger turned down the opportunity to play for the All Blacks due to his overseas contract, but was proud to represent the Taniwha in the ITM Cup.

"I'm pretty happy, the boys dug deep at the end there and we got the win," said Ranger afterwards.

"I'm a proud Northlander, to turn that [black] jersey down was one of the toughest calls I've made, but I love playing for this province. I'd like to come back and finish my career off for Northland.

"So it's not quite goodbye, more like 'see ya later'," he added.

NOTE: the audio on the video is very loud. Thanks to the Toll Stadium facebook page for the clip. 

Posted by Rugbydump at 9:51 am | View Comments (10)

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Miguel October 16, 2013 5:31 pm

I thought they were going to do the Safety Dance for a second. Everything afterwards was sort of a let down.

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stroudos October 17, 2013 2:46 am

"to turn that [black] jersey down was one of the toughest calls I've made"

Rene, check your ancestry, pretty sure there's an English grandparent somewhere there, if you look hard enough.

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Maia October 17, 2013 2:54 am

He has already played a few matches for the All Blacks back in 2010 so he can't represent any other nation

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browner October 21, 2013 3:13 pm

Unlike Bachop ! & all the others ....!

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born_rugby October 17, 2013 5:43 pm

I cant see Caucau performing the Haka too

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Benny October 17, 2013 7:49 pm

Hey wow, that was a great haka, better than the ABs and these guys are wearing shirts and ties!

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irish_jimmy October 18, 2013 6:54 am

.....another haka......yawn. I bet in NZ if you walk down the street and see 500 hundred of these going on. The wake up haka, the after coffee haka, the get ready for work haka...

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hater October 20, 2013 3:33 am

the 'im irish and we are shit at rugby' haka

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DrG October 20, 2013 8:16 pm

....but the Irish don't have a haka???

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browner October 21, 2013 3:15 pm

is it just me, or do the white faces in this haka look out of sync with the players it means something to?

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