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PdV: ‘Haka losing potency’ – Peter de Villiers believes the New Zealand haka’s novelty is rubbing off because it is performed so regularly at the World Cup.
The haka has been performed by the All Blacks in Test rugby since 1905, and has become one of the sport’s most popular pre-match spectacles. But now with the World Cup hosted in New Zealand, the Maori war dance has been presented daily in New Zealand – not only by the All Blacks, but by the locals.
De Villiers said by overexposing the haka at the World Cup, New Zealanders are diminishing its significance.
‘For me, about the World Cup especially, there is too many haka around,’ De Villiers told the Dominion Post newspaper. ‘It is unique, to me, and is losing its intensity, but that is only me. People are becoming so used to it. It is not a novelty any more and they don’t respect it.’