Sunday, March 18, 2012

Could the Haka be coming to Kent State?

DavidCarducci | August 20, 2011 | Comments (11)

Speaking as a former rugby player, I hope so.

I was in school in Cambridge when the Rugby World Cup was held in the U.K. in 1991, and I remember watching the New Zealand team intimidate opponents with the pre-game ritual.

For the uninitiated, Hakas are traditional dances of the islands in the South Pacific. They have a tradition as war dances.

A life-long rugby player of Samoan descent, KSU linebacker C.J. Malauulu knows all about the haka. He has introduced one form to the Flashes other linebackers, and they debuted it as a group Friday night in front of the entire team. Malauulu explained the tradition before the performance.

The whole display seemed to fascinate KSU head coach Darrell Hazell, who said on Saturday that he might allow the linebackers to do the dance in pregame this season. Hawaii has a similar tradition.

Personally, I love it. Let’s see some emotion on the sidelines.

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