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England have been fined for crossing the halfway line during New Zealand’s haka after they formed a provocative V-shaped formation at last weekend’s World Cup semi-final in Yokohama, tournament organisers said Wednesday.
Protocol states opponents must remain in their own half while the All Blacks perform their traditional war dance, but several England players strayed across halfway despite the efforts of officials to usher them back.
England won the blockbuster semi-final 19-7, dethroning the two-time defending champions, and will take on South Africa in Saturday’s final.
As New Zealand lined up to begin the haka, England’s players opted not to face the challenge shoulder-to-shoulder, as is customary, and instead lined up in an inverted V — with the two prongs arrowing towards their rivals, as if to envelop them.
At the tips of the formation,
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