England's haka response could hand them punishment

Opponent players are not allowed to enter New Zealand half when they perform the haka
Opponent players are not allowed to enter New Zealand half when they perform the haka
©Steve Haag

England could face punishment from World Rugby for their response to New Zealand's haka before their semi-final clash at International Stadium Yokohama last weekend.

The red rose team had a 'v shape' formation when the All Blacks were performing their cultural ritual.

The rules of haka state the opponent players should not be inside New Zealand half when it is being performed but despite officials asking England players to move aside, they were starring down the All Blacks players with England captain Owen Farrell also spotted with a smirk on his face.

During the 2011 World Cup final, France were fined £2,500 for advancing towards New Zealand when they performed haka.

Farrell said during the post-match conference that they did not want to be shown intimidated during New Zealand's powerful haka.

"We knew we had to be in a radius behind them. we wanted to not just stand there and let them come at us," said Farrell after the game.

"We wanted to be respectful but we didn’t just want to stand in a flat line."

England's 19-7 win over New Zealand in the semi-final will see them take on the Springboks in the final of the World Cup that will be played on Saturday in Yokohama on Saturday.

England Fixtures

 

England Results