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Published June 18th 2019
The Maori All Blacks rugby union side will play a two match series against Fiji in July 2019. with a home game set down for Rotorua.
New Zealand Rugby announced recently that the pride of the Maori All Blacks 'haka' will face the fierce Fijian 'cibi' (traditional Fijian war dance) when the two sides meet in a home and away two match series in July.
The Maori All Blacks have been competing against Fiji since their tour there in 1938. They are always highly competitive affairs full of culture and theatre, and then they settle down and play the game of rugby.
New Zealand Rugby Board chairwoman Dr Farah Palmer, a former Black Ferns womens international player and a Maori herself, said the two-match series was an exciting match up and a great opportunity for both Māori and Fijian rugby fans to celebrate their identities. "This is truly exciting. We know that the Māori All Blacks' style of rugby is very popular around the world, and the team are often-sought ambassadors for the game," Dr Palmer said. "Pitting the Māori All Blacks against a Flying Fijian side on a mission for Rugby World cup 2019, and with passionate supporters behind both teams, will be the perfect formula to create an epic encounter.
The haka is a type of ancient Māori war dance traditionally used on the battlefield, as well as when groups came together in peace. Haka is a fierce display of a tribe's pride, strength and unity. Actions include violent foot-stamping, tongue protrusions and rhythmic body slapping to accompany a loud chant.