rugby world cup 2011

France fined for haka advance

Yahoo! Sport New Zealand October 25, 2011, 7:41 am

France have been hit with a $20,000 (NZD) fine by the IRB for advancing on the All Blacks during the haka before the Rugby World Cup final.

According to reports France have been slapped with the fine for breaking IRB rules which state teams must keep to a prescribed distance while the haka is being performed.

France coach Marc Lievermont, who retired after the loss, said captain Thierry Dusautoir tried to stop his team advancing past the halfway line as the haka was being performed.

“He tried to stop them, there was a bit of movement bringing them forward.” Lievermont said.

But All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw said that he was not surprised by the France’s action saying the All Blacks had thought France would bring something different during the haka.

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  1. Val11:53pm Friday 04th November 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    IRB js rip off bastards, all the members should be put on the field and get tackle one by one. Yet in the Final they have grab $20000, looking at every single piece of shit to get money out of.

  2. Val11:48pm Friday 04th November 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    Richard Kahui passed the line during the haka also, AB should be fine as well.........IRB stinks

  3. Joseph03:23pm Thursday 03rd November 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    Rubbish R I B just collecting money like our speed cameras & counsell parking fines, whats happen to our rugby is it still a sport, or getting the same as horse raceing

  4. 12:10pm Wednesday 02nd November 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    Like many here I agree the fine is grossly excessive. The Haka is the challenge that the AB's throw down to an opposing team. The French gesture, which some may class as disrespectful, was anything but. It was them saying "We are the equal of your challenge, and we are here to fight!" I was sitting on the edge of my seat the whole way through, and absolutely LOVED the way this set up a thrilling game that lets face it, we only barely won!

  5. Heather Minnis08:01am Tuesday 01st November 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    About time they put a stop to the Haka, past its sell by date

  6. 05:31pm Sunday 30th October 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    get rid of the haka,but take that black jersey off first..then wear a pink one

  7. 05:27pm Sunday 30th October 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    reminds me of Dufresne whom disrespected the mana of the hapu....he and his buddys got eaten

  8. Jay Al08:23pm Friday 28th October 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    time to ban the haka its pathetic, ugly and embaressing

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  9. Paula Quinney03:46pm Friday 28th October 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    May be the All Blacks should pay for half off the fine that the IRB as given France. It is tyical dribble from the IRB.

  10. Paula Quinney03:41pm Friday 28th October 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    I think that the fine that France got from the IRB should be partly paid for by the All Black. That is how stuip that I think the fine is.


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