An Australian TV advert that shows the All Blacks doing the haka while carrying handbags has upset the New Zealanders camp.
Seven Network’s ad is an irreverent reference to one of the most embarrassing moments in New Zealand sport, to promote Saturday’s first Vodacom Tri-Nations Test.
In a bizarre off-field incident in May, Tana Umaga broke up a fight between team-mate Chris Masoe and an unidentified man in a nightclub by hitting the Masoe over the head with a woman’s handbag he picked up off a table. Mosoe then burst into tears.
The offending handbag later attracted R65,000 in an online auction and made New Zealand players the butt of many cross-Tasman jokes.
But New Zealand rugby officials have complained about the ad.
“It’s insensitive, I think, to Maori and disrespectful of the All Blacks,” New Zealand assistant coach Wayne Smith said.
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