Magnificent Maori Gesture at Start of Munster Game

Munster are still suffering from the sudden death of their much loved coach (& former European cup winning captain),  Anthony Foley.  So when the Maori All Blacks performed their traditional Haka war dance with a special gesture… a Maori kneels down & lays the Maori rugby shirt on the turf .

AB Maori's Present shirt with Munster coach's initials

The shirt had the initials AF on it.  The Munster fans were stunned.









Here is the actual video of this great gesture. Note all the players heads are bowed as they stand there in the sheets of rain, acknowledging the spirit of the recently deceased Munster coach, Anthony Foley.

You can also watch the Anthony Foley Haka Moment on AB TV .

What a generous gesture from The Maori All Blacks. They were honourable in defeat too. Here is an excerpt from their twitter stream.

A tweet from the ABs congratulating Munster

An honourable tweet from the AB Maoris










The Maori’s have a special place in the hearts of Munster fans since 1978 when the actual All Blacks were famously beaten by Munster, they heard the sad news that the Munster captain’s father had died of a heart attack, so the Maori’s entered the Munster dressing room and said a Maori prayer for Donal Caniff’e’s Dad – read the full story: A Maori Prayer for Donal Caniffe’s Dad .

Incidentally, the Munster game against the French club, Racing 92, was immediately postponed when Anthony Foley was found dead in his hotel room. 3 months later, the French club invited all Munster fans to stay in their Parisian homes during the rescheduled match in Jan 2017 – read about the kindness of  Racing  92 .



If you enjoyed this story, see how the ABs marched in on their knees singing ‘hi ho’ to the post match dinner after losing to Munster in 1978.

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14 Responses to Magnificent Maori Gesture at Start of Munster Game

  1. Patrick Foley November 13, 2016 at 8:15 pm #

    Another wonderful response by the international rugby community to the death of a local hero.

    • Paul Smith November 13, 2016 at 9:27 pm #

      Well said Pat. The Maoris are a very special people.

      • Shannon Flavell November 14, 2016 at 9:51 am #

        First & Foremost, much respect to the family, friends & team-mates of Anthony Foley.

        You may have noticed this haka is different from either of those performed by the All Blacks.
        Named “Timatanga” or “Beginning” it tells of our traditional story of the creation of man from the void of nothingness (Te Kore) to the long period of darkness (Te Po Nui / Te Po Roa), to the separation of the Sky Father Rangi and Earth Mother Papatuanuku (Te Wehenga Matua), to the formation of Mankind (Te Herenga Tangata).
        For a full translation see here:

        From this Maori, congratulations to Ireland and Munster for two outstanding matches over the past two weeks. I can’t wait for Round 3 in Dublin this weekend.

        If you beat us again we may have to claim Conor McGregor as an honorary Maori – the man is like a 24 hour non-stop haka!

        • Paul Smith November 14, 2016 at 10:47 am #

          That is intriguing to understand some of the great Maori thinking. Thanks so much for that Shannon. The Maoris are alwaysfondly remembered in London Irish and Old Actonians through the great Warren Flavell. In fact, I suspect you guys are remembered fondly wherever you set foot. Yes may this Saturday be a mighty match!

  2. Danny Ahern November 14, 2016 at 3:58 pm #

    Very special indeed and another reason so many of us live and love rugby and her culture. It is an international brotherhood, a respectful way of life and open to everyone to enjoy ! Danny Ahern

    • Paul Smith November 14, 2016 at 4:40 pm #

      Well said Danny – no whingers nor whiners – just play the game, have some banter & become friends for life.

  3. Tom Broderick November 17, 2016 at 11:31 am #

    It feels so good.
    Heart in my mouth for this week though.
    I will enjoy the feel good factor for now.

    • Paul Smith November 17, 2016 at 2:21 pm #

      Yes Tom It has been a great 10 days for Irish rugby (ABs, AB Maoris & Canadians). We waited 11 years for ABs win – it does feel good. And now we’d love to have another slice of that most satisfying of rugby cakes – beating the ABs. Anyone for tea?


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