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New video shows just how much the Haka has changed in 93 years

A vital part of the game, or an unfair advantage for New Zealand?

SOME PEOPLE LOVE it, others hate it, but the Haka is undeniably a major part of rugby.

Often labelled a needless intimidation tactic and an unfair advantage for the All Blacks to strike a psychological blow, this video shows it wasn’t always the fearsome war dance it is today.

This video from USASEVENS.COM shows just how far it’s evolved since 1922, and the difference in those 93 years is startling.

While the early 20th century Haka looked awkward and borderline embarrassing for the players, the modern version has become one of the most iconic images in modern sport.

Source: Rugby Today/YouTube

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