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Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 July 2007, 12:28 GMT 13:28 UK
Springboks aim to unveil own haka
Jake White oversees South Africa training in New Zealand last week
White believes his side can benefit from performing the dance in public
South Africa want to unleash their own version of the All Blacks' famous haka based on an old Zulu war dance.

Springboks coach Jake White has asked the rugby authorities about reviving a ritual in public that the players already perform in the changing-room.

"History books show the 1926 Springboks performed a Zulu war dance in major matches on their tour," White said.

"New Zealand have come up with a new haka recently and I would like to use ours as a challenge to them."

The haka, based on a Maori warrior challenge to an enemy, has long been part of New Zealand's pre-match routine.

Different versions have been used over the years, including one finishing with a throat-slitting gesture that has been criticised for being overly aggressive.

White believes performing the Boks' own version could bring benefits to the side as they prepare for the World Cup in September, where England are their main group rivals.

"We have done this challenge before in our team room in the four years since I have been involved as coach, but it hasn't really taken off as an idea to do it public. Not yet, anyway.

New Zealand players perform the haka
The All Blacks take great pride in the haka
"I have heard old All Blacks sit in the grandstand and pick up the whole mood of the team just from the haka the players perform."

White believes his strongest team can beat New Zealand at the World Cup after a second-string side made the favourites struggle before winning 33-6 in the Tri-Nations on Saturday.

"I would hope we have sown sufficient doubt in All Black minds before the World Cup," he said.

"That was one of the best All Black sides they could have put out against us, so they will have doubts in their minds.

"They will tell you they won 33-6 and played really badly and that there is no better feeling than that. But, at the same time, I have to say you can feel the doubt creeping in.

"I have no doubt that if we get our best players ready and go through the same things we have done over and over again, there is no reason why we can't match them."

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