France Uses the Haka
Sure this is late, but important Haka news is always relevant. Did you read about how France shined a mirror on the Haka and got the French announcers to speak all passionate like before the French went on to shock the All Blacks in the Rugby World Cup quarters? From the AP:
Before Saturday's match, veteran flanker Serge Betsen thought it would be a good idea to show France meant business. So the players lined up right in the faces of the All Blacks during their aggressive pre-match ritual.
"We wanted to show we were ready. The haka was a big moment. It was a way of challenging them face to face," France prop Pieter De Villiers said Sunday. "Certain players told me that some of the All Blacks looked away or lowered their eyes. In a way that was comforting. It hurt them mentally."
France manager Jo Maso said that he and coach Bernard Laporte accepted it was a risky move, but let the players go ahead because it showed they were highly motivated.
"They asked to do it and we said 'OK, as long as it stays respectful and not a provocation"', Maso said. "It's fantastic that they took the initiative to do this. It's not every day that you confront the haka."
I still say if the Redskins defense en masse did some Soulja Boy, other teams would look away or lower their eyes. Especially if Matt Sinclair were involved.
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