[VIDEO] VIDEO. Rugby World Cup 2023: « Is it the chicken dance? » When the All Blacks appear to completely miss the haka.

l’essentiel Le haka est la célèbre danse exécutée férocement par les Néo-Zélandais avant chacun de leur match mais cela n’a pas toujours été le cas. Et cela a notamment donné lieu à un haka assez folklorique en 1973. 

The haka has been performed by the New Zealand XV since 1905, but the famous choreography is not executed before every match and is reserved for special occasions or when traveling to Europe until 1987. That year, the haka became popular and became the one we know today, during the first World Cup. Since then, New Zealand does not start a match without first performing the famous dance.

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So before 1987, some « haka » were quite traditional and this was particularly the case before the British Barbarians – New Zealand match on January 27, 1973. On that day, the All Blacks seem completely lost when performing the haka. In a video available on Youtube, we see the New Zealanders not really knowing how to do the dance and having attitudes that are far from fierce, as the « Kapa o Pango » is today.

Un haka moqué avant un match historique

In the comments of this video, some internet users are not pleased with the performance of the actors from that time. « Was that the chicken dance? I’m so confused, » one can read, or even « When you order the Haka from Wish. »

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However, if the haka is mocked, this Barbarians British – New Zealand match has entered rugby legend and is considered one of the greatest games in the history of the sport. The All Blacks were indeed defeated (23-11) after conceding a try from Welshman Gareth Edwards, described as « the greatest try ever scored ».

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