Starting on Saturday in Cardiff, New Zealand’s rivals have no need to be passive before the game. If the Haka is worthy of protection at the government level, the right of reply must also be protected.
Surprisingly, the Maori war dance has been included in a new trade agreement between the UK and New Zealand. The agreement was “to cooperate with New Zealand to identify appropriate ways to promote the recognition and protection of the Haka.”
Protection in this case does not mean being valuable with this tradition. In oval ball terms, it means improving the principle of posing a challenge and waiting for it to be accomplished.
New Zealand stars perform famous Haka war dance against the US on Saturday
There is no place for a healthy production, with open aggression on the one hand and docile obedience on the other.
If there is a desire to advance the recognition of the Haka, let the rival teams face it head-on. Remember Richard Cockerill going head-to-head with Norm Hewitt at Old Trafford in 1997? Of course, because he faced the challenge and became folklore.
France joining arms and walking towards the hosts at Eden Park ahead of the 2011 World Cup final was equally memorable, as was England forming an arrowhead to watch the All Blacks before beating them in the 2019 semi-final. in Yokohama.
The RFU was fined by World Rugby because some England players deviated over the middle line. Then? It was an incredible theater, in keeping with the true spirit of the call to arms.
There were no complaints from Kiwi. In fact, then-head coach Steve Hansen later said: ‘The Haka is a challenge and requires a response. I thought it was brilliant. ‘
Maori war dance has been included in a new trade agreement between the UK and New Zealand
Explaining his confrontation with Hewitt 24 years ago, Cockerill said, ‘It’s a war dance after all, isn’t it? It’s a challenge, so let’s take a chance. ‘
Wales have responded in the past, especially in 2008 in Cardiff, when there was a famous showdown after the Haka, as the hosts refused to back down until the Kiwis did. Once again, it was a response to the challenge that made the occasion memorable.
It was right to allow the Welsh players their act of defiance, especially at home in front of their people. That right of reply must be protected along with Haka himself.
No pregame tactic is likely to alter Saturday’s result, but that doesn’t mean they should be out of bounds.
We expect more midway progress, more attention, arrowheads, and clashes.
South Africa revealed that their rugby manager, Rassie Erasmus, will no longer be carrying water during his northern tour, as he was when the Boks hosted the Lions.
Instead, it will be in the coaches box. It comes before a misconduct hearing next weekend, related to Erasmus’s inflammatory criticism of umpires in an online video after the first Test of Lions.
South African media reported that World Rugby privately accepted that the vast majority of points made by Erasmus were justified, raising the possibility of it escaping significant sanctions.
If so, the officials you convicted will be entitled to a feeling of betrayal.
South Africa revealed that rugby director Rassie Erasmus will not be on water service this fall
Worcester inadvertently did the Premiership a powerful serve Friday night by highlighting the anti-competitive reality of ring-fencing.
Without the threat of relegation to focus minds, the Warriors again couldn’t justify that moniker against Northampton. The visitors sent in 10 attempts, bringing the tally against them to 23 in their last three games.
Some Worcester players just seemed to be trying at times. If they were facing another battle of survival, they could simply draw out larger reserves, but with a safety net to protect them, they can afford to follow the movements.
The result of the Premiership season so far came at Sandy Park on Saturday: Exeter 21 London Irish 33. What a way for the Exiles to claim their first win of the season and the hope must be that it will serve as a launching pad.
When Eddie Jones appointed an England training team of 45 players last month, the only top-level club not represented was the Irish. Despite their historic ties to a rival home nation, they have talented rookies like electric racers Tom Parton, Ben Loader and Ollie Hassell-Collins.
Declan Kidney has assembled a multinational team with a strong Australian contingent, but it would be nice to see further expansion of local influence.
Oddly enough, the calls from England would be a sign of Irish progress.
Highlights of the weekend
Luke Jacobson scored the fastest attempt in All Blacks history in a test match, just 29 seconds away from the three-figure demolition of the US Kiwis in Washington DC.
Luke Jacobson scored the fastest attempt of the All Blacks in a test match, with just 29 seconds against the USA.
Northampton winger Courtnall Skosan accomplished a rare feat with a hat-trick in his league debut, but failed to match Lesley Vainikolo’s five attempts for Gloucester against Leeds in 2007.
Alex Dombrandt was back in his element against Bath, capped off an eye-catching display with an outrageous, twisted overhead volley, dropping to set up Joe Marchant’s try.
First to take cover
Jonny May took advantage of a law change by wearing leggings on the Kingsholm artificial field. The question now is whether May will become a trendsetter. Time will tell…
Alex Mitchell was not considered one of the most unfortunate men to be omitted from Eddie Jones’ England team, but Northampton’s scrum-half played as if he were. Magnificent.
Alex Mitchell was excellent for Northampton after being left out of Eddie Jones’ England team
The last word
New Zealand’s 104-14 loss to a weakened USA team re-emphasized rugby’s urgent need for a proper and integrated global season.
How much longer will it be before the relevant authorities realize that the whole game is diminished by the inability to achieve a simplified logical structure? Harmful overlaps between international and club matches cannot continue.
The box office appeal is being undermined by not solving the perennial player-freeing puzzle.
Wales won’t fold as easily as the Americans when they take on the All Blacks on Saturday, but the sad reality is that Wayne Pivac’s team, which does not have a large number of regulars, has no chance of winning the event away. of the window.
It will be another fake accessory; an exercise to earn money with a mismatch. As for the USA, their ordeal on the pitch will not have contributed much to their hopes of hosting the 2031 World Cup. Suspicion persists that they are just a potential rugby market in the sense of commercial gain, more than of mass public interest.