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I can see how my comment could be seen as a broad-brush swipe at all New Zealanders, obviously not all are precious about the haka; neither are all the ABs.
But the Nonu drivel below in DrG's post below speaks for itself, and the handbag haka nonsense was utterly bonkers. The assistant freaking coach called it "Insensitive to Maori and disrespectful of the All Blacks"; in a just world, Tana Umaga would have bashed him over the head with a handbag just for being such a humorless dork.
I agree many/most kiwis are cool about the haka, but a lot aren't - and unfortunately the IRB listens to the latter.
5 Days, 9 Hours ago
Even worse than the NZ preciousness is the way the IRB goes in to bat for them. France getting fined for the 2011 rwc response? FFS.
For the record, I like the haka, and I like it as a tradition. But protecting it as something sacrosanct is pathetic, and getting all butthurt because of a particular response to the haka seems completely at odds with what it's all about.
5 Days, 19 Hours ago
Blimey, at least two classics that somehow didn't make the cut.
The 2007 France-NZ rwc game has already been mentioned. Even more memorable was in 91, Campo practising his kicking instead of facing the haka. Arguably that was the ultimate insult.
And I'd like to offer an honorable mention for the Aussie "Handbag Haka" video, which might have been the best wind-up in the history of mankind. Wasn't exactly a response, but in terms of stink created, it was unreal.
6 Days, 11 Hours ago
Someone get Vegemite to sponsor your team
1 Week, 5 Days ago
Too right, the Ansbro headbutt should be #1.
Maybe because the incident came when Scotland were celebrating a win over Australia, the Rugby HQ team had tried to scrub that match from their memory.
Ps. Stroudos, you need to let us all in... I'm just seeing the Tahs unable to pop one off, what about you?
1 Week, 6 Days ago
So every time my coach said "Don't tackle like a girl", he meant don't do this.
2 Weeks, 15 Hours ago
You know the rugby gods are similing on you when you win a game with a penalty after of all people, Richie freakin McCaw is incorrectly pinged! Fair play to the Tahs, however, they were the best side in competition, and in no small measure because they gambled on Kurtley Beale and got him right on and off the field.
One small query on the write-up, the list of franchises that have won super rugby titles does not include the Lions. Yes it was '93 and back in the shamateur era, but you know, when I worshipped the Lions, they did win this thing.
2 Weeks, 2 Days ago
Fekitoa for the individual try, Barrett for the best team try.... But were all pretty darn good!
2 Weeks, 5 Days ago
5'11 apparently. Or in other words, an inch taller than Paulse.
2 Weeks, 5 Days ago
Yep. Maybe Michalak too
2 Weeks, 6 Days ago