England have been fined £2000 from their World Cup semi-final. The incident occurred during the New Zealand haka.
While the New Zealand team performed their infamous haka the English decided to perform their own traditional dance. The Morris dancing that the England team performed was in no way as thrilling, intimidating or as well co-ordinated as the Kiwi performance.
In fact the Morris dancing was so poor and lacking in rhythm that the cameras decided not to give it any airtime. It was so badly rehearsed that even a few of the players encroached into the New Zealand half.
World Rugby rules state that the opposing team must remain within their own half during the haka. So England were fined for crossing the halfway line.
Although this reason is being thought of as an excuse to spare the blushes of the embarrassed English dancers. The fine is actually believed to be due to the Morris dancing; dancing which would have scored very poorly with the Strictly judges.
Rugby and ballroom dancing are not compared too often but on this occasion ballroom dancing has come out on top as the more brutal sport.
England went on to win the match 19-7 against the pre-tournament favourites.
Although the English dance didn’t go as planned, England raced into an early lead. The All Blacks appeared shocked from the first whistle due to what they had witnessed beforehand.
A late comeback was expected but the New Zealanders just couldn’t get the Morris dancing image out of their heads.
New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen said, “the haka is a challenge to the opposition and requires a response.”
Mr Hansen went on to add, “but I wasn’t expecting that response, I’ve never seen anything like it.”
England now go into the weekend’s final having been practicing hard on the training pitch for their new routine.