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Cap the Haka? Research and rugby face off on All Blacks' iconic war dance | Daniel Gallan

12 days ago   |   By The Guardian

Research finds players who perform war dances reach elevated heart rates before their rivals. Is it an unsporting advantage? Should the Haka be scrapped from rugby? Let's ask a different, less inflammatory question. If the New Zealand Haka and equivalents like the Fijian Cibi and the Tonga Sipi Tau provides an unfair advantage to those teams that perform it before kick off, should there be a limit on when and where those teams can do so? Research conducted this year at the University of Queensland's School of Human Movement found that players who performed these war dances reached elevated...
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