Incredible moment New Zealand stars perform the Haka at Twickenham
The incredible moment New Zealand stars perform the Haka in front of packed Twickenham crowd ahead of autumn international against England
- TJ Perenara led the All Blacks during their traditional pre-game routine at a packed out Twickenham
- The ceremonial dance is traditionally performed as a challenge before battle in Maori culture
- Much of the dance was drowned out by England fans inside Twickenham singing ‘Swing Low Sweet Chariot’
- Only in recent years has it become an essential part of the pre-match routine for All Blacks
The All Blacks produced a stunning rendition of their ceremonial Haka war dance before facing England at Twickenham.
The routine was led by replacement scrum-half TJ Perenara with all 23 members of the playing squad participating in the tradition that was first performed by the rugby union team in 1905.
The home crowd drowned out much of the haka with a rendition of anthem ‘Swing Low Sweet Chariot’ in response.
All 23 members of New Zealand’s squad took part in the traditional and ceremonial haka war dance before the game
Only in recent years has the haka become an essential part of New Zealand’s pre-match preparation and routine
There are multiple variations of the haka, each one with different meanings and significance within Maori culture
England’s players stood in respectful silence, resisting temptation to replicate some of the more memorable challenges to the haka that have been seen in previous years.
These include hooker Richard Cockerill facing up to it in in a previous international, while Wales once also refused to back down to it.
New Zealand are playing England for the first time since 2014, and have not lost to them since December 2016.
The haka has been performed by the All Blacks for more than 100 years, first appearing in 1905
Replacement scrum-half TJ Perenara resumed his regular role leading the routine for his team-mates at Twickenham
While the players performed the dance, the home crowd responded with a loud rendition of ‘Swing Low Sweet Chariot’
It has been part of Maori culture for centuries, but was first introduced into rugby first by Australia 1884, and in 1888 was performed by a touring Maori team in England.
Only in recent years has the haka started to be taken seriously as the dance has become more fearsome and performative.
Indeed, it was initially not taken particularly seriously or adopted as passionately by the All Blacks.
England and New Zealand are facing each in a rugby union international for the first time in four years
The England team stood arm in arm in silence as they observed the All Blacks carry out their pre-match routine
Captain Kieran Read stood at the head of the haka ahead of leading his team-mates onto the field for the match
The England crowd inside Twickenham produced a rousing rendition of ‘Swing Low Sweet Chariot’ in response
Haka originated from Tane-rore, the child of the Sun-god, and his summer maid. He is represented by quivering of hands
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