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1. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

Saw this in our local advertising newsletter this morning (the site is French, but click on the spot - it's in English). Now I get the whole Haka thing. Sort of.

Still, it's a cool spot.

2. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 9y

LOL. Tina, maybe you should catch an All Blacks game. ;) They do it before every game. It's very impressive.

3. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 9y

T, have a look at this HAKA History for a bit more in depth of it's origins.

Some of the Haka's that have been performed aren't exactly politically correct in their wording, but hey, if it helps the greatest rugby team in the world win ;);)

4. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Quoting Jase007

Some of the Haka's that have been performed aren't exactly politically correct in their wording, but hey, if it helps the greatest rugby team in the world win ;);)

Jason - the Irish Team dont perform the Haka - your getting confused yet again

5. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

6. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 9y

....and you thought it was only something cats did before throwing up.......

7. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 9y


8. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 9y

Ha ha, ok now lets be serious here.
In light of this thread, and the debate that has arose from it, the IRB (International Rugby Board) has released the following press statement:

Press Release

International Rugby Board (IRB) Rugby World Cup 2007

Following complaints to the IRB about the All Blacks being allowed to motivate themselves by performing the 'Haka' before their games, other nations were asked to suggest pre-match rituals of their own.The IRB Rugby World Cup 2007 Organizing Committee has now agreed

to the following pre-match displays:

1) The England team will chat about the weather, wave hankies in the air and attach bells to their ankles before moaning about how they invented the game and gave it to the world,but no one appreciates them.

2) The Scotland team will chant "You lookin'at me Jimmy?"before each of them smash a bottle of beer over their opponents'heads.

3) The Ireland team will split into two,with the Southern half performing a Riverdance,while the Northerners march the Traditional route from their dressing room to the pitch,via their opponents dressing room.

4) Unfortunately the Committee was unable to accept the Welsh proposal to form a choir and sing Tom Jones'"It's Not Unusual".

5) Argentina will unexpectedly invade a small part of opposition territory, claim it as their own "Las In-Goals-Areas"and have to be forcibly removed by the match stewards.

6)Two members of the South African team will claim to be more important than the other 13 whom they will imprison between the posts.These two will then go about selecting the best parts of the pitch to settle on and claim that they have been therefor centuries.

7) The Americans will not attend until almost full time. In future years they will amend the records to show that they were in fact the most important team in the tournament and Hollywood will make a blockbuster film called 'Saving Flanker Ryan'.

8) Five of the Canadian team will sing La Marseillaise and hold the rest of the team to ransom.

9) The Italian team will arrive in Armani gear,sexually harass the female officials and then prepare pasta dishes,which they will flog to the crowd for a fortune.

10) The Japanese will shock fans buy demonstrating how to capture a whale for scientific research buy harpooning an opposition prop.

11) The French won't have a pre-match display and will simply hide in fear in the dressing room for the whole match.

12) The Australians will have a BBQ on their side of the field and invite the opposition over before the game.The food and alcohol will be in abundance and by the start of the game no-one will remember what they came to the stadium for. After some streaking, the singing of dirty songs and the occasional chunder everyone will go home thoroughly convinced it was a bloody good night.

13) Samoa will prepare a huge feast in the middle of the pitch by digging a large hole and filling it with burning embers.They invite the opposition over by saying,"We'd like to have you for dinner". It's only when the opposition get to the pit that they realize there is no meat and that they are the dinner!

9. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y


What are you talking about, the Irish would invite everyone out on to the pitch for a pint of the black stuff as a magnanimous and unifying gesture. They would then sit back in glee and watch as all the other players got absolutely ossified, drink them under the table, then proceed to kick their asses in the game.

Afterwards, they would get away with it by wearing cheeky grins, giving the losing team big hugs and standing them all a round of Jamesons.

10. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 9y

Quoting samsara2

...and standing them all a round of Jamesons.

I take it that's a good thing?