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All for one: Lions supporters learn the haka

All for one: Lions supporters learn the haka


When they’re not signing their hearts out to cheer Warren Gatland’s troops to victory, Lions fans have been busy immersing themselves in New Zealand culture.

While the titanic clashes between the 2017 tourists and the All Blacks naturally capture the imagination, there are so many sights and sounds to experience across the two islands that make up the Southern Hemisphere nation.

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The natives are, of course, rugby-mad and unmistakable Kiwi culture greets visitors at every turn.

Perhaps the most iconic local rugby tradition is the haka, the famous Maori war dance performed by the All Blacks to intimidate their opponents – it can also be used to welcome visitors or in celebration.

A group of travelling fans on an Official Lions Supporters Tour got the chance to learn how to haka just like an All Black during a once-in-a-lifetime excursion.

You can watch how they got on and perhaps even pick up those famous moves yourself below.

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