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Learn the fearsome Tongan kailao!
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The Tongans perform the fearsome kailao before every test match

The Kailao has been been adopted by the Tongan team as their 'haka'!

The kailao was originally a war dance imported to Tonga from nearby Wallis Island.

It's usually performed at public and private ceremonies.

The men, bearing clubs or fighting sticks, dance in a fierce manner that emulates fighting, all to the accompaniment of a slit drum or a tin box.

Hopefully the Tongan team leave their weapons behind for their on-field version of the performance!

'Ei e!, 'Ei e!
(Aye, ay! Aye, ay!)
Teu lea pea tala ki mamani katoa
(I shall speak to the whole world)
Ko e 'Ikhale Tahi kuo halofia.
(The Sea Eagles is famished unfurl.)

Ke 'ilo 'e he sola mo e taka
(Let the foreigner and sojourner beware)
Ko e 'aho ni teu tamate tangata,
(Today, destroyer of souls, I am everywhere)
'A e haafe mo e tautua'a
(To the halfback and backs)
Kuo hu'i hoku anga tangata.
(Gone has my humanness.)

He! he! 'Ei e! Tu.
(Hey! hey! Aye ay! Zap.)

Teu peluki e molo mo e foueti taka,
(Maul and loose forwards shall I mow
Pea ngungu mo ha loto fita'a
(And crunch any fierce hearts you know)
Teu inu e 'oseni, pea kana mo e afi
(Ocean I drink, fire I dine)
Keu mate ai he ko hoku loto.
(To death or victory my will is fine.)

Ko Tonga pe mate ki he moto
(That's how Tonga dies to her motto)
Ko Tonga pe mate ki he moto.
(To her motto Tonga gives all.)

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All Blacks haka
Fijian cibi
Tongan kailao
Samoan manu

Tongan facts
Location: Archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand
Population: 108,141
Languages: Tongan, English
Events: On 4 July Tongans celebrate King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV's birthday with the Heilala Festival, a week-long bash featuring parades and processions, music festivals and competitions

Did you know?
The nickname for the Tongan team is Ikale Tahi - the Sea Eagles

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