The Haka is an amazing site and i think the only way to face it is head on wit hintesity, although respect for the performers (be it NZ, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga) should be maintained...
As for the WRU ******* over the Haka...maybe - however it was part of the centenary celebrations of matches between the two...in hte first game NZ did the haka and the Welsh responded by singing Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau....so they basically tried to recreate that....
When was it that the haka was perfomred in the changing rooms...was that the lions series?
It was on the grand slam tour of '05. I think opposition players can do whatever the hell they want. Usually it's them trying to defuse the intimidation that seems to go with it. And that makes sense. Personally I don't find it disrespectful to ignore it. But then again it's never helped any team who has. Australia, England, Italy and Wales have all dissed it at one time and they've been thumped on every occassion. That's nothing to do with disrespecting a country or their culture it's just ******* off 15 guys who want to hammer you regardless. So why wouldn't you stand up? [/b][/quote]
I think the Haka is marvellous - and it never fails to make the hairs at the back of my neck stand up, and gives me goose pimples. Good luck to them, it is awesome, and part of the AB mystique, and long may it continue. I think any attempt to front it up would be a contrivance, and not carry the same feeling.
The Scots mincing up and down in kilts, blarting the pipes at them, would be just as much a joke as the thought of a troupe of Morris Dancers - or River Dancers from Ireland, clattering about. It would be like Monty Python's flying Circus, ffs, lol. The Haka, is the Haka, is the Haka - and that's it. It's unique, and I personally would be proud to to be on a field of play facing it, and would enjoy it immensely for what it was. Stand tall, appreciate it for the challenge and spectacle, and then try to answer it by playing the best rugby you can, and win the game. That's the only answer to it, in my view. Rise to it manfully, and beat them - if you can.