Owen Farrell ‘We didn’t want to just stand there’ – Farrell on England’s haka response

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Owen Farrell England had lost their previous six meetings with the All Blacks before their quarter-final win

England had lost their previous six meetings with the All Blacks before their quarter-final win

Captain Owen Farrell says England planned their response to the haka to show New Zealand they would not have things all their own way in their Rugby World Cup semi-final.

England’s players lined up in a V formation to receive the challenge, with Farrell seemingly smiling during the All Blacks’ performance.

“We didn’t just want to stand in a flat line and let them come at us,” he said.

England scored a try within two minutes, eventually winning 19-7.

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They will play either Wales or South Africa, who contest the second semi-final on Sunday, in next Saturday’s final.

The tone for a ferocious encounter was set when England broke from the customary shoulder-to-shoulder stance and instead lined up in a V shape, with two prongs projecting towards the New Zealanders, to receive the haka.

New Zealand’s arrowhead formation, with captain Kieran Read at t

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