Mostly Xhosa rugby team called 'All Blacks' cause outrage in SA by doing haka
To me it wasn’t about cultural appropriation… to me it seemed a bit twee... I had a sleep on it and somewhat softened. I believe the team can do what they want…Lester Kiewit, presenter - CapeTalk
Walter Sisulu University’s rugby team (nicknamed “The All Blacks”) did the haka before a Varsity Shield game on Monday.
New Zealand Rugby has gone on record saying they have no issue with it, but some South African rugby fans are outraged.
The WSU team emulates the All Blacks’ style of play.
“The players wanted to bring in the haka because they admired the way the All Blacks play,” former player Yanga Wani told IOL.
“We hold ourselves to the standard of New Zealand rugby, we want to play like them.”
Lester Kiewit interviewed WSU rugby head coach Akhona Mjigima.
We’ve been doing the haka since 2018… I would’ve thought it [outrage] would’ve died down by now… The players understand the backlash…Akhona Mjigima, head coach - WSU rugby
We started doing the haka at a time when New Zealand was dominating…Akhona Mjigima, head coach - WSU rugby
Most of our players are Xhosa… there’s no culture associated with rugby… We want to be known globally… We are the most-watched team in South Africa!Akhona Mjigima, head coach - WSU rugby
Our style of play is copied from New Zealand… We support the Springboks! … It’s just students having fun! … People must just learn to live with it [haka] … We will do it…Akhona Mjigima, head coach - WSU rugby
Listen to the interview in the audio below.
Source : https://www.123rf.com/photo_48222688_maori-dance-at-sunset.html?vti=nhpkw5wjoc72w58sap-1-4
The all-electric Formula E racing series will be screened on local free-to-air TV for the first time this coming weekend.Read More
The world’s richest cricket tournament is sending its players home. Mandy Wiener interviews cricket writer Stuart Hess.Read More
Cape Town businesses and residents have been urged to help raise funds for the Masiphumelele Rugby Club to install field lights on the Noordhoek Sports Grounds.Read More
Kolisi and FOM have launched a black veldskoen, proceeds of which will fund sports infrastructure in Kolisi’s hometown, Zwide.Read More
The Rainbow Cup is, for now, still on, despite reports to the contrary. Lester Kiewit interviews John Goliath.Read More
'We've got a colour shoe for every ring of the Olympic Games!' The Money Show interviews Veldskoen CEO Nick Dreyer.Read More
Springbok Legend-of-Legends Tendai "Beast" Mtawarira opens up about his money and his beliefs about it.Read More
Former Springbok Kobus Wiese is recovering from a heart attack that occurred last week.Read More
Karen Van der Oever says she got through an unexpected challenge when she became tangled in the line at 236 metres.Read More
This goosebumps video by Lux sends a powerful message as the athlete fights to compete in the 800m race in the 2021 Olympics.Read More