Wednesday, November 9, 2016

All Black Craig Dowd tears into team over 'disrespectful' Haka in Chicago - NZ media hit back

CREDIT: The Tight Five Rugby Union

Former All Black Craig Dowd has launched withering attack on his former team, labelling their Haka against Ireland in Soldier Field as 'disrespectul'. 

"I have to say I watched the haka and cringed. Someone didn't do their homework in the All Blacks camp," Dowd wrote in his column for ESPN. 

"Knowing a little bit about the Irish mentality and having had a 64-test cap veteran and ex-Munster coach Anthony Foley die recently, with all the players wearing black armbands and having a moment's silence for him before the game, and knowing what that meant to the Irish team and the public, I thought pulling out the Kapa O Pango haka was disrespectful."  

"I've been to funerals and you do the Ka Mate haka to honour a warrior and it is different to doing the battle cry, or war cry, of Kapa O Pango which is a more aggressive challenge. "I thought, 'you guys haven't done your research here, you haven't actually thought through the process'. 

His comments have caused discord back home, where the Breakdown reacted with surprise at his attack on the All Blacks.