England cop punishment for haka response

England cop punishment for haka response

England have reportedly copped a penalty for advancing on the Kiwi haka ahead of the Rugby World Cup semi-final.



According to the Guardian, England have been reprimanded and fined a four-figure sum after they advanced toward the haka in a V formation, contravening World Rugby’s “cultural ritual protocol”.


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"England have been fined for a breach of World Cup tournament rules relating to cultural challenges, which states that no players from the team receiving the challenge may advance beyond the halfway line," the sport's governing body said in a statement.


"This is in line with the protocol which operates globally across the international game."



World Rugby's Youtube video of the incident, titled "England's incredible response to intense, has been viewed more than four million times.


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