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Haka warning for advancing Wallabies




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The Wallabies have been warned that any disrespecting of the haka could result in a fine from the International Rugby Board, the Sydney Morning Herald is reporting.

The contentious issue has again hit the headlines after the ARU were forced to pay a a $2128(NZD) fine to Rugby World Cup limited after the Australian women’s rugby team advanced on the Black Ferns in the womens world cup.

The IRB also warned that if the fine was not paid or if there was any repetition of the behaviour whilst the haka was being performed the ARU could find themselves’ in a misconduct case.

SANZAR rules do not state how a player should behave during the All Black’s Haka but it is thought that this is a warning for future tournaments from the IRB – such as next year’s world cup – that the Haka must be respected.

This is not the first time that the Haka has caused controversy as in 1996 the Wallabies upset many Kiwis when they turned their back on the Haka before a test in Wellington.

The All Blacks did however get their own back as they thrashed the Wallabies 43-6 in that match.

In 2006 the Wallabies coach at the time called for a a ban on the ‘new’ haka which involved the All Blacks performing a throat-slitting gesture.

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