Culturally relevant rugby in the South Pacific

haka By Kathleen Atkins

If you’ve ever seen a haka, you know it’s not the hula. In this video, two rugby teams, the New Zealand All Blacks and the Samoan Sevens, prepare for play by first preparing for war.

The haka war dance is traditional to both the Samoan and Maori cultures. Their mutual intentions are crystal clear to the warrior-players, but the ritual might startle viewers from other parts of the world. And it makes American-style football players look like wimps. Play the video


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Kathleen Atkins

About Kathleen Atkins

Kathleen Atkins is the Windows Secrets associate editor. She's also a freelance writer, editor, and photographer. Prior to joining Windows Secrets, she worked at Microsoft Press.