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World Cup Rugby final – New Zealand 34-17 Australia

Half Scottish, half English and my Father flew with 75(NZ) Squadron RAF – so at least in the rugby I always had a shouting chance of seeing a supported team in the final!

Congratulations to the All Blacks for becoming the only team in history to win the Rugby World Cup 3 times and also the only one to win it twice in a row. And of course, no mention of such an event would be complete without the clip above showing the mighty haka.

The haka is a traditional ancestral war cry, dance, or challenge from the Māori people of New Zealand. It is a posture dance performed by a group, with vigorous movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmically shouted accompaniment.

War haka were originally performed by warriors before a battle, proclaiming their strength and prowess in order to intimidate the opposition, but haka are also performed for various reasons: for welcoming distinguished guests, or to acknowledge great achievements, occasions or funerals, and kapa haka performance groups are very common in schools.

The New Zealand sports teams’ practice of performing a haka before their international matches has made the haka more widely known around the world. This tradition began with the 1888–89 New Zealand Native football team tour and has been carried on by the New Zealand rugby team since 1905. (wikipedia)

Although I haven’t seen photographic evidence of it, I have heard that if a member of the crew was a Māori, the other airmen would be taught a haka which would be performed before the crew boarded the aircraft. I don’t know if this is true, but perhaps is a better thing to do than pee on the tail plane of the aircraft, as I have also heard…………

Ake Ake Kia Kaha!