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Jonah Lomu leads the All Blacks haka before facing England at Twickenham
The All Blacks started it - but there are other hakas

Introduction

Most people have watched the fearsome All Blacks haka - but there are other countries with their own version!

Since the original All Black team of 'natives' led by the legendary Joseph Warbrick, the haka has been closely associated with New Zealand rugby.

The haka is a traditional dance that reflects the passion, vigour and identity of the Maori race.

Today it has been adopted by New Zealand sporting teams to 'challenge' their opponents!

However, the Pacific island countries of Samoa, Fiji and Tonga precede rugby internationals with their own 'war chants'.

Samoa perform the Manu instead of the traditional Ma'ulu'ulu Moa on tour.

The Fijians chant the Cibi, while the Tongan version is known as the Kailao.

Click on the buttons above to find out more!

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Introduction
All Blacks haka
Fijian cibi
Tongan kailao
Samoan manu

Haka responses
In 1997, England's Richard Cockerill wasn't impressed by the 'challenge' and eyeballed Norm Hewitt as he led the haka before a game!

Did you know?
The 1991 New Zealand women's World Cup team used a female haka known as the Ngati Porou



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