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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Seagultaf Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 September 2023 at 6:00pm
I love the haka, its part of the tradition of playing South Seas teams and I always enjoy it.
In my option it would be a huge shame to see this colourful and dramatic spectacle lost to the game. 
It would be like stopping the Welsh fans from singing bread of heaven, or sospan fach. They are all parts of the rich tradition of test rugby.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Eastern outpost Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 September 2023 at 5:46pm
I’d prefer not to have to watch it, or find a reason to slip away from the TV while it’s on.
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Or... they (and the officials) are less precious about the response from other teams. As long as they aren't disrupting it or being disrespectful, let the opposition face it how they want and even give them the opportunity to respond to the challenge in some way. 

The one way nature of it is galling.
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Agreed. I really don't think it's fair that a team gets to hype themselves up just before kick-off either.

Every nation has a culture that they could, in theory, celebrate before a game. I'm not quite sure why only NZ get to perform theirs, particularly when, in essence, it was to prepare their warriors mentally and physically for battle - this literally seems like an unfair advantage. 

I did use to enjoy it as a kid, but then it was much rarer to see then. Now, with the ability to see it on the internet at a second's notice, I feel like if they want to continue to perform it for themselves, then no problem, but they do it in the changing room before coming out. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Wil Chips Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 September 2023 at 5:25pm
It's not just you, I was actually thinking the very same thing last weekend.

Maybe linked to the fact that the AB's had some amount of privilege or entitlement whilst being at the very top of the international game for decades, and now seeing that slip a bit,,,I'm not sure...whatever, I generally find it less interesting, and moving towards unnecessary.

I know for sure that the opposition find it tedious by and large.

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Just thought I'd throw this thought in here for debate 

Anyone else getting a bit bored of it all now. Every time the all blacks play we have a haka. It's all becoming a bit predictable and commercial.

Maybe just me but it also winds me up that they get to perform it away from home, and seem to have some sort of power as to how opposing teams should react. They didn't like it when wales stared them down a few years back, I thought it was all about laying down a challenge and the opposition accepting it.

Personally, I wouldn't do away with it, but I'd like to see it performed only when they are playing on home soil. 

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