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Thursday 8 June 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Haka

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# Highlander
'I was more nervous about the haka than the game... It was a huge honour'
Japan star Kazuki Himeno is back on international duty after a season in New Zealand.
# Mafs
'It was special doing the haka and facing guys I played with in New Zealand'
Lifeimi Mafi helped Munster to the 2008 Heineken Cup and has fond memories of his time in Carrigaline.
# Fields of Athenry
Joe Schmidt 'hid away' after World Cup disappointment but praises 'incredible' Irish fans
The former Ireland head coach said the Fields of Athenry drowned out the haka at the New Zealand match last month.
# Captain
'He's the sort of person you want to follow' - Farrell leading England by example
The 28-year-old Saracens man is the heartbeat of Eddie Jones’ team.
# response
Gatland: 'We haven't even spoken about the haka, we might do a W for Wales'
The Wales coach also joked his final game in charge should be settled by a drinking game.
# Challenge
'They earn a sh*tload of money, so they're able to pay the fines'
The All Blacks insist they had no issues with England’s response to their haka last weekend.
# Challenge
England fined for crossing halfway line in haka response to All Blacks
Kiwi boss Steve Hansen praised the English challenge to his team’s war dance.
# Face off
'Farrell was giving me a few winks' - England invite pressure with haka response
Eddie Jones’ side knew they would have to back up their pre-match actions.
# previously
Three cheers, two fingers for Ireland's only other RWC meeting with the All Blacks
Ireland’s Rugby World Cup story has only featured a cameo appearance from the All Blacks.
# Ritual
The haka remains 'very sacred and very special' according to the All Blacks
Ireland unforgettably faced the All Blacks in the figure of eight in 2016 in Chicago.
# confrontation
Haka response from Ireland a statement that they refused to take a backward step
‘We wanted to go after them, not step away, not accept being bullied by them.’
How the All Blacks' haka is the ultimate 'ON' switch
The pre-match Māori dance is the perfect way to fire up the central nervous system.
# Ritual
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen defends 'overused' haka
Some New Zealand legends say the side should perform it less often.
# Face off
'You just have to show respect' - Mako Vunipola on facing the haka
The Lions star looked pretty nonchalant.
# Outclassed
Pressure mounts on Gatland's Lions as brilliant Blues win in style
Warren Gatland’s men were poor again as they suffered a 22-16 defeat at Eden Park.
# Welcome Ceremony
Watch: British and Irish Lions receive traditional haka welcome upon arriving in New Zealand
The Lions also sang during the ceremony.
# Haka
We'll Leave It There So: Haka criticisms, Alvarez's prediction and the rest of today's sport
Plus, the race for the next GAA president heats up.
# outcry
Former All Black slams 'disrespectful' haka performed against Ireland
Craig Dowd feels the use of the Kapa O Pango highlighted the poor preparation done by Steve Hansen’s side.
# Standing Their Ground
'I don’t think we have enough foreign guys that can do a Haka' - Erasmus
There are no plans for a choreographed response to the Haka in Thomond Park on Friday.
# facing history
Ireland face the haka twice next month, but what does it really mean to the All Blacks?
We spoke to Doug Howlett, Tiki Edwards and Joe Royal about the famous Māori tradition.
# bear pit
The five-tiered Haka wall that surrounds this school's rugby pitch is more than a bit intimidating
This is intense.
# Haka
Everyone is watching this emotional haka performed at a New Zealand wedding
So passionate, the bride was moved to tears.
# Take a Break
WATCH: This incredibly emotional wedding haka has taken the internet by storm
It’s an intense watch.
# Haka
Everyone is watching this emotional haka performed at a New Zealand wedding
So passionate, the bride was moved to tears.
# war dance
Tonga and New Zealand's war dances were pretty intimidating this evening
Who came out on to in The Sipi Tau v The Haka
# sipi tau
'Haka' fans, there's a special treat in store for you tomorrow
What’s better than a cultural challenge? TWO cultural challenges!
# shapes
Before Fiji bring the Cibi back to your screens tomorrow, pick your favourite 'war dance' in the RWC
Love them or hate them, you can’t ignore these Pacific nations.
# You can dance if you want to
New video shows just how much the Haka has changed in 93 years
A vital part of the game, or an unfair advantage for New Zealand?
# Ka Mate
5 French-based All Blacks performed a powerful roadside Haka where Jerry Collins died
‘Saying goodbye the way we were all brought together.’
New Zealand's U20s performed an emotional haka in honour of Jerry Collins
The former All Black died in a car accident last week.
# Black Ferns
Here's the New Zealand women's haka before their World Cup clash with Ireland
It seemed to do Ireland more good than the reigning champs.
# war dance
Hundreds of students join in for spine-tingling New Zealand schools haka
The pre-match war dances before the Auckland Grammar v King’s College fixture were memorable.
# Baby Blacks
Wales U20 hooker performs full-on haka in front of Baby Blacks
This is one way to make the queue for the breakfast buffet enjoyable.
# intimidation
New Zealand and Samoa had a war dance-off at the JWC
Supporters in Auckland were treated to a rare and unique Haka vs. Siva Tau battle.
# Memories
Rattling the All Blacks and GAA gold - I was there in 2013
What was your sporting highlight of the year? Here’s some of the moments we witnessed.
# frighteners
VIDEO: Even when kids do the Haka it's intimidating
Okay, maybe cute more than intimidating but it’s pretty impressive from a six-year old.
# Aotearoa
VIDEO: Ireland face the haka on Lansdowne Road
The All Blacks brought out the traditional Ka Mate version of their pre-match cry.
Ireland v New Zealand, November Tests
We went minute-by minute as Joe Schmidt’s men attempted to create history against the All Blacks.
# Challenge Accepted
Watch and learn, Ireland: It's the best responses to the haka
Though it usually just ends in a New Zealand victory anyway.
# column
Shane Byrne: Beating the All Blacks requires physicality and technique
Ireland need to be error-free and aggressive in what would be the performances of their lives.