Forget the Haka, we’ve got something more intimidating

STEVE CANAVAN: A real cliffhanger in the Lakes

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One of the highlights of the rugby World Cup was undoubtedly the French team’s response to the New Zealand Haka at the start of the final.

Faced with 15 beefy fellows slapping their thighs and poking out their tongues in a provocative fashion, they formed themselves into an arrow-head and moved to confront the challenge.

Rumours that it was actually 14 Frenchmen thrusting their skipper forward to take the brunt of the ceremonial derision should be ignored.

The next time England face New Zealand, they should also fall back on ancient tradition before the kick-off and respond by performing a Morris dance.

In terms of intimidating the opposition, it would be far more effective than any ritual of war.

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