England face online backlash for response to haka

By Rugby Onslaught

The Twickenham crowd’s response to the All Blacks performing the haka on Saturday has not gone down well at all with fans around the globe.

While there was a lot of chat on how England were going to respond to the haka in their first encounter with the All Blacks since the World Cup, where they famously met it with their V formation, Eddie Jones’ side did not do much. Instead, it was the crowd that sang ‘Swing Low’ over it, and that has clearly disappointed fans from other nations, as well as England fans.

Here are some of the responses on Twitter:

“Respect tradition please. Don’t let rugby become the next football. Wishing both teams a great game.”

“Shame on the English the Haka respects itself.”

“Absolutely disrespectful Twickenham audience. Such a pity.”

“It’s like booing or singing over their national anthem. Such disrespect.”

“I think the English crew should have been quiet respecting the haka.”

“The crowd boo’s is a disgrace. Singing Sweet Chariot etc. is a great challenge. But booing the Haka???”

Why would you not appreciate the Haka it is one of the last spectacles in rugby.”

Take a look at the haka:

ENGLAND 26-MAN SQUAD FOR SOUTH AFRICA
FORWARDS

Alex Coles (Northampton Saints, 2 caps)
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 40 caps)
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 44 caps)
Ellis Genge (Bristol Bears, 42 caps)
Jamie George (Saracens, 71 caps)
Jonny Hill (Sale Sharks, 18 caps)
Maro Itoje (Saracens, 61 caps)
David Ribbans (Northampton Saints, 2 caps)
Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks, 2 caps)
Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, 17 caps)
Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 55 caps)
Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 24 caps)
Hugh Tizard (Saracens, uncapped)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 67 caps)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 73 caps)

BACKS
Owen Farrell (Saracens, 100 caps)
Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints, 2 caps)
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 71 caps)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 44 caps)
Guy Porter (Leicester Tigers, 4 caps)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 51 caps)
Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 16 caps)
Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 16 caps)
Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks, 49 caps)
Jack van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers, 6 caps)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 120 caps)

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