New Zealanders have expressed disappointment at the decision to fine England for their v-shaped formation for the All Blacks haka in their Rugby World Cup semi-final, with many fans praising them for their dignity and dramatic flair.
On Saturday night, England delighted fans in both camps when players arranged themselves to face the All Blacks. The V – which many inside New Zealand took to stand for “victory” –
But the underlying point. The haka isn’t some cultural wibble like haspirating hs or not. It’s a challenge to battle.
To which there should be a response other than milling around then kicking a ball at them.