England fined for haka response vs New Zealand

Thursday, 31 Oct, 2019

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has welcomed the English response to his side's haka, following their Rugby World Cup semi-final defeat last weekend.

As New Zealand lined up to begin the haka, England's players opted not to face the challenge shoulder-to-shoulder, as is customary, and instead lined up in an inverted V - with the two prongs arrowing towards their rivals, as if to envelop them.

World Rugby said England broke tournament rules "relating to cultural challenges".

"I thought their response was fantastic", Hansen said.

The bold move is believed to have been the brainchild of England's head coach Eddie Jones, who went on to see his side overcome the mighty All Blacks 19-7 in a tense semi-final at Yokohama's International Stadium.

France was fined nearly $5,000 when its players also advanced on the haka before the 2011 final against the All Blacks at Auckland's Eden Park.

"Let's have that info on our doorstep rather than someone else's, so hopefully we get all of them back".

While New Zealand captain Kieran Read said England's haka reception had "no impact" on the match.

According to the Daily Mail, the fan involved was a New Zealander.

At the same time, they are "enormously explosive" and capitalise very quickly on any errors, so England will have to cut out mistakes, advised Wilkinson.

"To do that, you've got to have some building blocks in place and we've followed a certain route and play according to stats and the way the game is now being refereed, and what gives you short-term results on the scoreboard".

Scrumhalf Faf de Klerk found out about the appointment while he was answering questions at a news conference on Tuesday, and was diplomatic about World Rugby's decision. "Make you feel like there's about 20 of them".

"We've come here to be the world's best and we haven't done that yet, so that's where we need to go".

"At the moment, we don't have them". The haka requires a response.

"I think the way teams want to respond to the Haka is completely up to them".

"I would nearly go as far to say it was the most complete England performance we've seen for quite some time, if indeed ever - and I say that with a huge amount of pride".

"I thought it was awesome, that's what the haka is about, it's a challenge".

"If they can get there, then. they are overwhelming favourites to win the World Cup". "There are a lot of players there who I've been fortunate to have had personal contact with through the Lions and I want to wish them all the best".

They haven't lost to the Six Nations champions in 66 years and 91/100 for them to romp home by more than 18 points is our initial New Zealand vs Wales prediction.

"The haka is about standing up and accepting the challenge because the haka is challenging lots of things about you - how tough you are, how physical you are".