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Junior All Blacks Haka comes under fire at the U20 World Championship

BY Philip Bendon  ·  Thursday Jun 29, 2023

New Zealand’s Baby All Blacks are staring down an early exit from this year’s U20 World Rugby Championship.

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Falling heavily to France in round two by a score of 35 – 14, the Kiwi’s will need to defeat Japan and have several results go their way to have any chance of qualifying for the semi-finals.

Whilst their performance on the field of play is certainly below the sky high standard set of any New Zealand team. Tt has been their pre-match Haka performance that has drawn the ire of Rugby fans around the world.

Labelled as ‘ridiculous’ the elongated Haka has been condemned as more of a ‘TikTok’ friendly show than a rugby tradition.

Taking over two and a half minutes to complete, the Haka many felt has lost its effect.

Based on the performances where they beat a Welsh side who lost all five of their Six Nations fixtures by a single point before being thumped by France.

The Junior All Blacks have been accused of spending more time practicing the Haka than their rugby.

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