New Zealand perform the Haka in front of Liverpool players
New Zealand’s rugby league side perform the haka in front of Liverpool team to thank them for hospitality as they train for England Test at Melwood
- The Kiwis perform the famous Haka routine in Melwood training ground canteen
- New Zealand team are training ahead of their clash against England at Anfield
- England took a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series with a narrow 18-16 win last week
Liverpool players have found themselves sharing their canteen at Melwood with two dozen sizable gentleman this week, but their hospitality was generously repaid with a rendition of rugby’s most famous dance.
New Zealand’s rugby league side have been in residence at Liverpool’s training ground in preparation for their Test against England at Anfield, the second in a three-match series.
With some big mouths to feed, it was only fitting that the rugby players said their thanks with an impromptu version of their traditional war dance in the middle of the canteen.
New Zealand Rugby League captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak leads his team through the Haka
The players performed their traditional war dance in the Melwood canteen on Tuesday
The rugby league stars are training at Melwood ahead of their second Test against England
WHAT A SIGHT!! ?
The Haka is always special to witness…especially in the canteen at [email protected]_Kiwis called into the Reds' base for a warm-up session ahead of Sunday's match against @England_RL at Anfield: https://t.co/QhQkNT1Raz pic.twitter.com/qhgqLKW228
The dance was lead by captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak as Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool players looked on. Spanish defender Alberto Moreno was delighted with the dance while midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri looked somewhat underwhelmed.
Moreno’s enthusiasm is all the more surprising due to the fact that he would have seen the show in 2015 and 2016, when the same New Zealand team trained at Melwood and also performed the haka in the canteen. It has seemingly become quite the tradition.
But this is far from an annual holiday for the Kiwis and serious business is just around the corner. They face England at Anfield on Saturday knowing a defeat would see them lose the series after just two games. England came out on top in the first game, winning 18-16 in Hull last weekend.
Alberto Moreno looks thoroughly enthused but Xherdan Shaqiri seems a little underwhelmed
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp shakes hands with New Zealand’s coach Michael Maguire
Mohamed Salah poses with Kiwis stars Martin Taupau (right) and Leeson Ah Mau (left)
As well as experience the haka, some Liverpool players even got to try their hand at rugby league as well, perhaps for the first time.
According to one Kiwis star, the £200,000-a-week Mohamed Salah decided to have a go but quickly changed his mind when he saw a stampede of rugby stars heading towards him.
‘There were a fair few players we got to mix and mingle with,’ said Kiwis prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.
‘[One of them] was Mohammed Salah – apparently his income is quite impressive. He came up at the back end of it and he got swamped. He was like a magnet and he back doored it as soon as he saw all the boys running for him.’
Taupau grabs a photo with the Liverpool manager during their meet and greet on Tuesday
The Liverpool players were presented with a New Zealand style pumpkin in time for Halloween
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