I had a brief flirtation with playing rugby. It was a lot of fun until I blew out my ankle (again). Internationally, the sport is big, in the states not so much. As a result, one of the things that we miss is the significance of “The Haka”.
In rugby, The New Zeland All Blacks are akin to the Green Bay Packers in the NFL. One of the things that the NZ teams bring to the pitch is their cultural affinity to the Maori tribes of the South Pacific. From the Maori’s they bring The Haka.
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Now that you have the background, and the intimidation factor of this dance, run over to Lex’s place and check out the “Flash Mob” Haka. Also, check The Haka performed before the NZ v Ireland match.
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