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Before Fiji bring the Cibi back to your screens tomorrow, pick your favourite 'war dance' in the RWC

Love them or hate them, you can’t ignore these Pacific nations.

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LOVE THEM OR hate them, the pre-match custom that World Rugby calls “Cultural Challenges” certainly bring a different atmosphere to the Rugby World Cup.

Four nations bring a pre-match ritual with them to England 2015 (excluding the just-plain-not-funny ‘Hakarena’ one opportunist advertiser came up with) and we got at least a glimpse of them all over the course of the weekend.

Tonga’s Sipi Tau

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Fiji’s Cibi

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If you want to hear it without Swing Low Sweet Chariot, check out the All Blacks responding to the challenge in 2011. Though we reckon a good loud sing-song is a pretty good way to greet the challenge. Imagine Fields of Athenry ringing around Twickenham while the Haka is in full flow before the final (such a wonderful dream).

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New Zealand’s Haka

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Samoa’s Siva Tau

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So, leaving aside whether you think these ceremonial chants give the likes of Fiji and Tonga an unfair advantage or not, which of the four do you like best?


Poll Results:

New Zealand's Haka (916)
I like them all equally (366)
Samoan Siva Tau (185)
Tongan Sipi Tau (165)
Fiji's Cibi (136)





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