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Hoskins open to ‘Haka’ idea


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South African Rugby President Oregan Hoskins likes the idea of the Springboks producing their own version of New Zealand’s famous Haka.

Hoskins was commenting on a newspaper report that quoted Bok coach Jake White (who normally does not see eye-to-eye with the SARU President!) as saying that the Springboks should take up a Zulu war-dance before kick-off – much like the All Blacks’ bone-chilling Haka.

“This will enable us to use something from the unique culture of South Africa, whether Zulu or Xhosa or whatever, and to make it part of rugby,” Hoskins told the Gauteng-based Beeld newspaper.

A clearly excited Hoskins continued: “I would certainly be in favour of discussing it. The All Blacks certainly derive a psychological boost from their Haka.

“I was watching Jannie du Plessis before last week’s Test in Christchurch. When the All Blacks performed their Haka, one could see he was itching to do something similar.”

Earlier this week, White told The Star in Auckland that he had asked the SA Rugby 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…

“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.”


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