Oldschoolsocks wrote:#letsnot #itwasapowerfulgesturethatmeantalottoalotofpeoplebutletsnotcheapenitbyturningitintoagimmick
Peg Leg wrote:Oldschoolsocks wrote:#letsnot #itwasapowerfulgesturethatmeantalottoalotofpeoplebutletsnotcheapenitbyturningitintoagimmick
backrower8 wrote:Folks let's campaign for Ireland to always line up in the 'Foley 8' stance when facing the Haka or any other prematch war dance.
Traditions have to start somewhere and this one started in the right place, for the right reasons and the right result. While honouring Axel is the starting point the No.8 resonates for lots of reasons.
It is a number at the heart of the team.
The 8 stance is also the symbol for infinity (when on its side) and infinite resolve, effort, teamwork all sit well with rugby.
It also looks good and works well with the dynamic of two units - forwards and backs united in their mission to resist and overcome the dancing opposition team.
backrower8 wrote:Same old gatekeepers I see picking up where we left off.
As I said, while Axel was the spark this would move beyond that moment and him specifically . It has relevance beyond Axel and is a better response than lining up eunuch-like in a straight line to accept the wonderful tradition and intimidation on the other side.
backrower8 wrote:It obviously doesn't fly for this forum but I posted it somewhere else and got 15 likes for it to date. Thanks for the feedback. It seems that people think something would be nice but that the Foleyassiciation is not to be repeated for people here. Any other suggestions or do we do what everyone else does as infinitum? As a player I would want something more myself.
Fan with smartphone wrote:
A friend of mine working in the Aussie institute of sport told me that's how they recommended dealing with it (I guess that fits the campo narrative above) and they had looked at New Zealand and that they gave most of their penalties away in the early part of the game due to over-hyping. That was from the early 2000s mind you. I think the kiwis themselves use the haka better now than then.
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