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27 December 2014
Over at www.planetrugby.com they really know their rugby. This 50-question rugby quiz which touches the game's history as well as the modern stuff from 2014, will keep your head down over the Christmas-New Year break. Many of the questions had me stumped! Thanks Planet Rugby!
Cut and Paste to; http://msn.planetrugby.com/story/0,25883,3829_9612016,00.html
And good luck!
A tight game saw Nick Farr-Jones's team beat England by 12-6. Well played the Wallabies!
A Maori challenge, or war dance, which is traditionally performed by New Zealand rugby teams before their test matches. Vigorous, aggressive and intimidating, the haka was a ritual dance performed as much to fire up its proponents as to strike terror into the hearts of the enemy. In the rugby context, the haka issues to the opposition the challenge to play hard and well.
The first New Zealand team to perform the haka was the 1905–06 team in Britain. The 1928 All Black team in South Africa did the haka and the South Africans replied with a war chant of their own, being made up on the morning of the game!
New Zealanders know that when All Black teams are made up only of Pakeha players (Europeans), the haka is never performed with the vigour and feeling exhibited by Maori players.
Originally the haka was only performed by New Zealand teams when they were playing away from home, but when Scotland toured New Zealand in 1975 and later during the World Cup games in 1987, the haka was from then on always seen within New Zealand too. It is enormously popular in all the countries visited by New Zealand teams.
Which prominent All Black back didn't play a test till after his 30th birthday?