A haka (plural is the same as singular: haka) is a traditional ancestral war cry, dance or challenge from the Māori peopleof New Zealand. It is a posture dance performed by a group, with vigorous movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmically shouted accompaniment. The New Zealand rugby team’s practice of performing a haka before their matches has made the dance more widely known around the world.
The haka truly is one of the great sights of the rugby world, however it gets even more tasty when the opposition decide to challenge the ancient war dance on the rugby field. Here are 10 of the best challenges to the haka of all time;
1. New Zealand vs Tonga 2011
What a way to start the Rugby World Cup as the Tongans Sipi Tau challenges the Haka!
2. New Zealand vs France 2007
The French get in the All Blacks faces as the haka begins.
3. New Zealand vs Wales
The Welsh opt to stare down the All Blacks after the kick off to great effect.
4. New Zealand vs Ireland 1989
Willie Anderson’s Ireland go toe to toe with the All Blacks during the haka.
5. New Zealand vs France 2011
Once again the French bare down on the All Blacks as they perform the haka before the World Cup final.
6. All Blacks vs Fiji 2011
A great challenge as two ancient war dances go toe-to-toe before a test match.
7. Postgate School
Year 8 face off against younger year 6-7 to great effect.
8. New Zealand vs England 1997
Richard Cockerill stands up to Norm Hewitt.
9. Auckland Grammar vs King’s College
The schools face off to awesome effect!
10. South Hokianga Natives vs Whangaruru Hone Heke Cup 2010
So not quite the All Blacks but this is still one hell of a haka challenge!
What is your favourite haka challenge of all time?