Last Sunday, the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team faced off against their English rivals in the Hong Kong Sevens tournament, clinching their 11th title with a 26-7 win. What really got the Internet in a frenzy, however, was what happened after the match.
Following their win, the entire team took off their shirts in celebration and performed an ancestral war dance—in the middle of a torrential rainstorm. The Haka is a traditional Māori posture dance, typically performed before a rugby match to intimidate the opposition. But in this case, the New Zealand Sevens team saved it for after the win, clearly the more opportune moment. Watching the routine, it’s impossible not to get a strong sense of the team’s strength, intensity and unity. See the photos below and check out this video.
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