South Pacific rugby war dance (video)

Traditional dance performed before a rugby match.


One team appears to be from Tonga (the first one), a small island kingdom in the South Pacific, and the other appears to be from New Zealand (the team in black).

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  • Cletus

    As per my “I guess I’m not the first” comment ;-)

  • Noting that I posted that vid below ;-)

  • Cletus

    Oh well, guess I’m not the first, but this is good:

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    I’ve seen these before. It’s based on the traditional Maori war dance
    known as the Haka — a dance intended to scare the crap out of your
    foes on the battlefield. The ultimate psych.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    As the old lady who kissed the cow said, “To each his own.”

  • cole3244

    talk about having your head in the sand, you are an enabler, why not be more concise and just say boys will be boys and cease with the rhetoric.

  • Ty Morgan

    That’s a broad generalization that doesn’t hold up when you look at the facts. Sure some sports people have abhorrent behavior, but it isn’t any more or less than the general population. It just gets more media exposure. Show me one athlete with a unhealthy attitude towards women(we’re talking violence), and I’ll show you 100 that don’t. Besides there have been rock stars,politicians,doctors,etc,every profession has it’s share of deviants, sports isn’t the blame for that.

  • Sweetie

    Maybe for some.

  • cole3244

    if it didn’t extend beyond the sports boundaries i would agree but too often it happens in the real world and the boys will be boys meme is used to excuse abhorrent behavior that affects defenseless women rather than other boys of equal temperament.

  • Ty Morgan

    The haka,along with the handshake line in hockey, are my two favorite sports traditions. Fantastic stuff!

    For those of you not familiar with the hockey tradition of which I speak, check this:

  • Ty Morgan

    Lighten up dude, it’s sports.

  • Indigo

    It would make sense to do that at an audition. It can’t be mistaken for an expression of deference. :-)

  • cole3244

    intimidating ones opponent out of self doubt applies here, also too much testosterone overrides all senses especially common sense, myself i prefer the mahatma gandi approach to all situations.

  • S1AMER

    The haka is a wonderful tradition, performed by New Zealand’s national teams as well as Tongans and some others before various international sporting events, but performances by New Zealand’s “All Blacks” national rugby team (best in the world for over a century!) are especially special. Teams, in addition to practicing plays, also have to spend some time working on their Haka.

    (Note, for non-rugby fans: “All Blacks” has nothing to do with race; the term comes from an early 20th century tour of Great Britain, and either resulted from the team’s all black kit [uniforms], or because somebody made a typesetting error about how the team played as though they were “all backs.” In any case, the All Blacks are bloody awesome!)

  • That’s a haka:
    And it isn’t just a war dance. One moving example:

  • keirmeister

    This should be required before all professional games. Could you imagine this in the NFL or NBA? I would totally watch sports if they did this!

  • FLL

    The team wearing black presents ultimate New Zealand fun: Anglo guys chanting in Maori. Is their pronunciation on target, or do they have a slightly Anglophone accent? ;)

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Looking at that with a gay guy’s perspective, that was hot!

  • Indigo

    That’s the haka, a few American college football teams also use it at times.

  • I’ve seen these before. It’s based on the traditional Maori war dance known as that Haka.

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