Down under to over here with the haka

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Shoppers were stunned by the East Tamaki Under 12 rugby union team who brought a New Zealand sporting tradition to the streets of Spalding.

The boys were in town yesterday to play a Spalding Under 12 side at the Memorial Field, but not before treating people in the town centre to the haka.
A type of ancient Maori war dance now used by the New Zealand rugby team before matches, the boys were enthusiastically clapped by passers-by after their 30-second performance of foot-stamping with tongues hung out, rhythmic body slapping and loud chants.
Before the haka, the boys went on Spalding’s Water Taxi and were also treated to a fish and chips lunch at Sheddy’s, in New Road.
Team captain Leighton Crichton-Ward (11) said: “We’re pretty excited to be here and look forward to the game which is mostly about having fun.”

East Tamaki Under 12 rugby union youngsters from New Zealand do the haka outside Sheddy's fish and chips restaurant' in Spalding.

East Tamaki Under 12 rugby union youngsters from New Zealand do the haka outside Sheddy's fish and chips restaurant' in Spalding.