5 Aug 2009
It cheers the weary soul.
But reveals the frailty of memory: seeing a haka so timid and self-conscious was a shock. I don't remember it like that, is the haka then, far from being a traditional war-dance, actually a modern phenomenon? And did you notice that in 1973 they performed the dance facing across the pitch - at the cameras
And the sizes of the players, some of the 73 All-Blacks would look small in a modern club U17s (I am not joking)
Here's what the haka looks like today.