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The arcane power of the haka

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The All Blacks face France in the Rugby World Cup final tomorrow. It is a replay of the 1987 final - same teams, same ground - and most bets are on the same result: a New Zealand victory.

As ever, the All Blacks will start the match with the traditional Maori war dance which has become their hallmark. Alastair Eykyn has been looking at the history of the haka.


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