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Mako Vunipola England FINED for V-shape response to New Zealand’s haka after players revealed that coach Eddie Jones was behind the tactic and admitted they ‘knew it would rile the All Blacks’

  • England responded to New Zealand’s haka with a V-shaped formation
  • The team fanned out from captain Owen Farrell and some stepped over halfway
  • World Rugby have fine England for their actions ahead of the semi-final
  • France were fined £2,500 for walking up to the haka ahead of the 2011 final
  • England went on to defeat the All Blacks 19-7 to set up final with South Africa 

By Chris Foy for the Daily Mailand Adam Shergold for the Daily Mail

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England have been reprimanded and fined by World Rugby for their unorthodox response to the haka five days ago.

Owen Farrell and Co stood in a ‘V’ formation to accept the traditional Kiwi pre-match challenge, but protocols dictate that they must remain in their own half and some players strayed over the halfway line.

As a result, they are believed to have been hit with a nominal four-figure financial penalty.

England responded to New Zealand’s haka on Saturday by standing in a V-formation 

World Rugby have fined England for their actions ahead of the semi-final victory

The New Zealand team perform the traditional Maori challenge ahead of the England match

This appears to be a heavy-handed measure in light of what was widely admired as box-office sporting drama. That was even the view of South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus on Wednesday, when he was asked about it.

‘It was certainly interesting, it was certainly exciting,’ he said.

‘It was certainly something new, and it brought some spice to the Test match. I don’t think it was disrespectful, and it was something new for everyone in world rugby. I wouldn’t make a big issue about it, but it’s not for me to decide.’

The players revealed afterwards that the V-shape was the

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