Rugby Haka Performances Throughout The Ages

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Ahh, the haka. Traditionally an ancestral war cry or challenge performed by the Māori people of New Zealand, it was adopted by the New Zealand rugby team in the 20th century. Involving feet stamping, extended tongues and rhythmic chanting, the haka quickly became a symbol of strength.

Haka performances are performed no matter the weather.

However, far from the intimidating moves that we know today, the haka hasn’t always been performed with such…vigour. In fact, it’s fair to say that early attempts to master the haka were, uh, interesting to say the least. Here we take a look at haka performances throughout the ages.

1973, Cardiff

Where to start? The out of time foot stamping! The guy playing air guitar! It’s more dad dancing than anything else. Definitely one of the more awkward haka performances on our list… Doubt the opposition was quaking in their boots. But hey. Full props have to go to them for trying. The All Blacks performed this pre-match haka at Cardiff Arms Park. It can’t have done them too much good as they went on to lose 23-11. Not enough practice done all round, we say.