Anderson challenges the Haka





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Published on Aug 22, 2007

In 1989 Willie Andersons Ireland went toe to toe with the all blacks as they performed the Haka.
For more information on the former Ulster and Irish captain Willie Anderson, go to http://www.willie-anderson.com

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Good job from France Ireland
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Karthik Raju
That was the weakest Haka I've ever seen.
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then the potato loving leprechauns got there green asses whipped
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Dwayne McNeilson
In all honesty... that "challenge" to the Haka looked shite.. It looked like they were really slowly two stepping towards the Kiwi's... Were they doing an Irish dance sort of thing? please let me know, because I am confused :L
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Dereck Casas
2 countries that sure love their sheep... Take that how you want to
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Tim Robinson
the welsh stand off is the best. 
@1:05 "look a leprechaun! can u see it?" "yes its right there!"
Ive always wondered, why doesnt the opposing team just unify and turn around once the Haka starts? Or cross their arms in disguist? Or something other than just standing there? If you are on the field, you've already accepted the challenge.
Rory Denvir
That 1989 Ireland team finished 2nd last in the 5 Nations (lost to Scotland, England and France and were lucky to beat Wales in the last minute of the game with a 70 yard break-away try) so challenging the Haka was about all they were fit for, before the onslaught of the ABs, and Willie Anderson probably realized that - embarassing. Those were bleak years for us. Thankfully, Irish rugby has moved on massively since those amateur days and there is no looking back. The Haka is a cultural masterpiece. Personally, most enjoyable for me was Munster v All Blacks 2008, when the 4 NZ players on the Munster team did their own version first  - great atmosphere, great respect for the Haka and great game too.
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Random Ashe
The Haka is the best part about games against New Zealand. It adds a little tradition and uniqueness to the sport.
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