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Thursday Jun 29, 2023

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

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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