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South Africa’s rugby team may face up to the New Zealand haka with a Zulu war dance before rugby matches, according to reports from New Zealand.

SA coach Jake White told The Star in Auckland that he had asked the authorities to revive a dance, last used in 1921 to fire the players up before tour matches.

“The history books show that the 1921 Springboks performed a Zulu war dance in major matches on their tour,” said White.

“New Zealand have come up with a new haka recently and quite honestly, I would like to use ours as a challenge to them.

“We have done this challenge before in our team room in the four years since I have been involved as coach, but it hasn’t really taken off as an idea to do it public. Not yet, anyway,” said the coach.

“I have heard old All Blacks sit in the grandstand and pick up the whole mood of the team just from the haka the players perform.”

New Zealand’s haka is based on a Maori warrior challenge to an enemy, and has long been an integral part of New Zealand’s pre-match routine.

There are many different versions, including a recent one which culminated with a throat-slitting gesture condemend by much of the rugby public.

 

365 Digital

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