ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Thursday Nov 10, 2016

Kiwi pundits rubbish Craig Dowd accusations of "Disrespectful" Haka vs Ireland

SKY Sport New Zealand’s The Breakdown have taken issue with Craig Dowd’s assessment that the All Blacks’ pre-match ‘Kapa O Pango’ Haka was a sign of disrespect towards Ireland, claiming that it was in fact the complete opposite.

Saturday’s match in Chicago saw an inspired Ireland team beat the All Blacks for the very first time. While the result was historic, one of the more touching moments was the pre-game Haka.

As usual, the All Blacks lined up to deliver their traditional challenge, but the Irish response was just another element that added to a very special day.

Forming a figure eight to honour the late Munster and Ireland legend Anthony Foley, it was the likes of which we had never seen before, despite various other Haka responses over the years. 

Unrattled and clearly playing for the great man, Ireland produced a fine performance for the ages.

Former All Black Craig Dowd took issue, however, with the particular Haka selected for the occasion, stating in his ESPN Scrum column:  “I have to say I watched the Haka and cringed.

“Someone didn’t do their homework in the All Blacks camp. Knowing a little bit about the Irish mentality and having had a 64-Test cap veteran and ex-Munster coach Anthony Foley die recently, with all the players wearing black armbands  and having a moment’s silence for him before the game, and knowing what that meant to the Irish team and the public, I thought pulling out the Kapa O Pango haka was disrespectful.”

Scotty Stevenson from The Breakdown was frustrated by Dowd’s assessment though, as he and guests labelled it “extremely ignorant” and “factually incorrect”, and said that Kapa O Pango is purely ceremonial and not a war challenge, as Dowd has stated.

All Black legend Christian Cullen added: “That’s a mark of respect for the Irish, for ‘Axel’ Foley… they bring it out (Kapa O Pango) for special occasions, when they know it’s gonna be a challenge.”

Opinions will always vary when it comes to the Haka. There are more than a few who believe it creates an unfair advantage and should be scrapped. However, most see it as part of the larger Rugby ethos and love the challenge it brings. Let us know what you think of Dowd’s comments.

credit: The Tight Five Rugby Union

ADVERTISEMENT

Related Articles

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Slow motion footage of INSANE Fiji try vs...

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Five minutes of brutal Kwagga Smith aggression...

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Shock selection brings raw emotions...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Unique camera angle of match-winning Simmonds try showcases his ridiculous speed

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Incredible headed try is dominating the internet

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Rob Kearney career highlights ahead of Baa-Baas bow out

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Japan use 50:22 law variation to score excellent try against Scotland

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Two classic tries by Wales nemesis Kurtley Beale ahead of Cardiff return

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 9 HOURS AGO

    WATCH: Owen Farrell backchat montage gives haters what they want

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Lavanini ban for dangerous play sees him out of action until next year

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    McGuigan suspended after that MMA scuffle against Saracens

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Brive fly-half sent off for kick to the head in Top 14

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    MMA training kicks in as McGuigan loses it against Saracens

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 9 HOURS AGO

    WATCH: Owen Farrell backchat montage gives haters what they want

  • 10 HOURS AGO

    Head-scratching scenes in Dubai as Springboks benefit from loophole in rugby laws

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Mathieu Bastareaud stretchered off just minutes into Toulon return

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Incredible headed try is dominating the internet

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Brilliant video demonstrates the flawless communication skills of Luke Pearce

View All

Funnies

  • 10 HOURS AGO

    Head-scratching scenes in Dubai as Springboks benefit from loophole in rugby laws

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Lowe lets loose on critics in brilliant interview after EPIC All Blacks win

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Jarvo69 strikes again before Japan v Ireland clash

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Romain Poite's unique wit will be missed when he retires from Test rugby

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    JOURNEY OF JARVO69: Pitch invader makes headlines with outrageous All Blacks stunt

View All

Amateur

  • 57 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 94 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 94 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 94 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 94 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    New Tongan Thor montage is five minutes of mesmerising hits and skills

  • 19 WEEKS AGO

    A deeper look at Jason Robinson's incredible path to the top

  • 40 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bumping off tacklers and taking high balls, Rob Kearney had an impressive Super Rugby debut

  • 46 WEEKS AGO

    Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to 'outlier' football

  • 47 WEEKS AGO

    Tuisova's wrecking ball montage will make you grateful you never made it as a pro

View All