The importance of Haka in rugby

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The importance of Haka in rugby

Haka is a typical dance of the Maori people, the ethnic origin of New Zealand. It was made famous, in the style of Ka Mate, by the All Blacks, the New Zealand national rugby union team. In rugby The first use of the Haka took place by the team of New Zealanders, on the occasion of their first Tour outside their homeland, in Great Britain, which took place in 1888.

The first performance of the Haka by the official national team was held in course of the 1905 tour, during which the term All Blacks was coined. Haka was played in away matches until 1986, when the All Blacks Wayne Shelford and Hika Reid were important in introducing Haka into matches played in New Zealand in 1987, and ensuring that it was performed with precision and an intensity that was missing on the occasion in previous years.

In 2000, some Maori attempted to demand that a percentage of profits which, according to them, should be considered to hold copyright on the haka. The NZRFU representatives replied that the ritual dance was not used for commercial purposes and that in any case it is not possible to establish who invented the haka or who owned it.

There are various types of Haka, but what many ignore is that it was probably never used by the Maori as a dance of war, but perhaps as a propitiatory dance. In this video, here is a splendid version of the All Blacks Haka.

Tokyo 2020: the seven rugby calendar

Tokyo 2020 organizing committee has made official the schedule of men's and women's rugby seven tournaments. After the Rio 2016 Olympics, seven-a-side rugby will therefore return to the spotlight on the most important sports stage in the world, and will do so as we know with a year of delay.

The men's tournament will be played first and then they will play the women's tournament, which will have respectively those of 26-28 and 29-31 July. Three days of extremely tight matches, to crown the new Olympic champion.

Will Fiji be able to defend the gold won in Brazil or will there be a new winner? Let's start by remembering which are the teams qualified in Tokyo 2020 for rugby seven. Out of 24 participants (12 men and 12 women), 21 are already known, with the last three places still to be defined by the last repechage tournaments.

As for men, the 11 teams that are already certain to go to Tokyo are Japan, Fiji, the United States, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Kenya and South Korea as well as a repechage qualifier.

Among the girls we will be able to see Japan, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Great Britain, Kenya, Fiji and China and two teams from the repechage tournament. It should be noted that the dates collide with the Lions tour scheduled for summer 2021, therefore there will be some athletes who will have to choose which of the two events to take part in.

Click here to learn about the Lions calendar in South Africa The Tokyo 2020 seven tournament will be played at Tokyo Stadium, the facility that hosted the 2019 World Cup final, therefore a very high-profile stage for a highly anticipated tournament that will bring great rugby back to Japan. Below is the calendar of the two tournaments, men and women.