Its both good and bad, I'm favour of a bit of attitude and agression it means that next time he carrys and hes your man you bury him in the tackle. As long as they can both shake hands at the end of the game what does it matter.
a few options regarding the haka in my mind. 1 either have it before the anthems so that both sets of players can come down from it and its a level playing field when the game starts and it becomes more ceremonial. 2 Only let the Maori guys do it, Richie Mc Caw is about as Maori as I am and im from Dublin. 3 let the opposing team react to it anyway the wish as long as its not violent. 4 get rid of the whole thing all together, why should there be a set of rules for a part of the game that only certain teams can do because of geography. The ABs already get away with murder on the pitch, its just another little advantage that they get. »
I think if you look at the number of citings and incidents that are not picked up in the last 12 months or so (internationally).the vast majority are from southern hemisphere. But I think the real problem here is how New Zealand are treated by both the IRB on and off the field. The incident in the scotland game with the boot the head was so so very dangerous, say if his stud opened up the jugular vein in his neck it could have gotten very serious but only a 1 game ban.if something substantial isnt done for this case, where does the line get drawn? what if kids start going around emulating these guys and you have kids standing on other kids heads and throwing cheap shot punches. The IRb have to stop protecting Brand All Blacks and treat them the same as every other side