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World Rugby has been accused of mixed messages after reportedly fining England for its counter to New Zealand’s haka three days after trumpeting it as “incredible” on its official YouTube channel.

Before their stunning 19-7 win in Yokohama last Saturday that ended the All Blacks’ eight-year reign as world champions, England lined up in a V formation to counter New Zealand’s traditional Maori challenge.

A clip posted by World Rugby captioned “England’s incredible response to intense New Zealand haka” has been viewed almost 4 million times, putting the governing body in an awkward spot after it reprimanded the semi-final winner and delivered a “four-figure sum”.

The Guardianis reporting that England have been fined ‘a four-figure sum’, however it is less than the fine handed down to France for similar tactics ahead of the 2011 final. On that occasion, the French were fined $4,300.

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The Guardian’s report was met with fury in some corners.

England fined a four figure sum for their V-shaped formation facing the Haka.

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