The first back-to-back champions in the history of the sportAlthough rugby is quite obscure in the Indian subcontinent, the sport has quite a following globally, which was evidenced by the 2.5 million people who attended the recently concluded Rugby World Cup in England.To fans of the game, the Maori war challenge of the New Zealand national rugby team, or the All Blacks, holds as much allure as the games themselves. The “Haka”, as it’s called, is a traditional tribal war dance that the Maori people of New Zealand perform. It has been adopted by the national rugby team, who ritualistically perform it before every match. The dance creates a feeling which is a strange amalgam of spine-chilling and awe-inspiring. It is literally the throwing down of the gauntlet to the opposition. There are 2 forms that are generally performed – the traditional “Kama te” and the more recent “Kapa O Pango”. Here, we take a look at the five best Hakas performed in the past decade.
#1 Kama Te vs Tonga, RWC 2011
The Kingdom of Tonga, though dwarfed by the All Blacks, geographically and figuratively, aren’t exactly timid on the rugby field. They perform their own war dance called the “Sipi Tau”. What happens when the warriors meet? Take a look and find out: