The Maori Haka is one of the most exhilarating sights in world rugby, with some Maori scholars describing the procession as a war dance, while others see it as a ‘celebration of life. What is for sure though is the impact it has on the opponents of anyone that dares to take on the mighty All Blacks.
There have been many variations of the great dance over the years, from the more traditional ‘Ka Mate’ which was first established by the All Blacks in 1905, through to the introduction of ‘Kapa o Pango’ in 2005.
The 2005 version saw a much more aggressive stance by drawing the thumb down the throat, which many have interpreted as a ‘throat slitting’ action directed at the opposition team.
Many of us have wondered what it would be like to stand in front of the Haka in full flow, ready to take on one of the greatest nations to have ever played the game. Well, now thanks to a GoPro we can all experience it for ourselves.
Check out the amazing footage below:
A completely different perspective of the Haka from our GoPro 👀
Important to remember that the camera isn’t allowed in certain positions in order to respect the tradition and culture of it! pic.twitter.com/fSBDU2wPrg
— 𝘽𝙍𝘼𝙉𝘿𝙊𝙉 𝙋𝙊𝙍𝙏𝙉𝙊𝙔 (@BrandonPortnoy) August 9, 2022
There have been many teams over the years that have tried to stand up to the Haka in their own individual way, check out some of the most controversial of the lot: