Ignoring the Haka

Last week the English rugby team took some flack in the Antipidean press for forming a circle and ignoring the New Zealand team performing the Haka.

For those that are unaware, the Haka is a traditional New Zealand ritual where the team members, or warriors, simulate cutting their opponents throuts and shouting in Mauri.

There is a disturbance here down under, because the New Zealand team feel that the English team disrespected them by not allowing themselves to be intimidated in this manner before the match.

Yes, I know. When put like that, it seems impossible to phathom, why anyone would allow themselves to be intimidated before a match.

The English warriors traditionally also have a Haka of sorts. It is a battle cry that is carried out even today in the football terraces and streets alike. We shout:

“Come on then!!, Do you want some!!, Your gonna get your head kicked in, I’m standing right here, come get some!!”

However we choose not to take this battle cry into the public arena.


~ by jeditopcat on 21 November, 2008.

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