Mako Vunipola ‘We just knew that we had to back it up’ – Mako Vunipola says Joe Marler will have to pay any fine for pre-match stand off

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Mako Vunipola England's Owen Farrell (centre), Willi Heinz (left) and Sam Underhill face the Haka before the 2019 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match against New Zealand at International Stadium Yokohama. Photo credit: Ashley Western/PA Wire.
England’s Owen Farrell (centre), Willi Heinz (left) and Sam Underhill face the Haka before the 2019 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match against New Zealand at International Stadium Yokohama. Photo credit: Ashley Western/PA Wire.

England needed to back up their unorthodox approach to the Haka according to prop Mako Vunipola.

Rather than stand in a line, facing New Zealand’s traditional pre-match ritual,  Eddie Jones’ men stood in a V-shape and encroached beyond the half-way line.

They can expect a fine and Vunipola said Joe Marler would be picking up the tab.

Eddie Jones chose the move and his players followed through with a performance of real quality.

“We talked about it as a team but obviously everything has to get past the boss,” Vunipola said.

“He gave us the idea. We wanted to be respectful but we wanted to also make sure that they understood that we would be ready for the fight. 

“We just knew that we had to back it up. There have been a few times in the past when the All Blacks have done that and blown the opposition away. 

“We put accountability on ourselves to back it up and I thoug

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