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Dublin: 9 °C Thursday 20 February, 2020

'Haka' fans, there's a special treat in store for you tomorrow

What’s better than a cultural challenge? TWO cultural challenges!

IT’S BEEN A pretty good World Cup so far. We’ve had massive shocks, some brilliant tries, Ireland winning and games that continue to promise tries.

The only thing we haven’t seen yet, is the spectacle that marked the opening of the 2011 Rugby World Cup. A double ‘cultural challenge’.

Source: RugbyWorldCup2011NZl/YouTube

If the Haka and its equivalents in Tonga, Fiji and Samoa are not to your liking, we’d recommend you don’t tune in until 20.01 tomorrow night. But COME ON! Who doesn’t love watching two groups of men laying down a challenge before going bosh-for-bosh?

Tonga’s Sipi Tau will provide that rare sight in world rugby, a response to the All Black Haka on prime time free-to-air Friday night television. So get settled in nice and early, hum your way through the anthems, turn up the volume and push the furniture aside to enjoy the Haka v Sipi Tau in all their glory.

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Sean Farrell

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