NZ Coach Praises 'Brilliant' England Haka Response After Fine Issued
The England rugby team has been fined for the crossing the halfway line during the Haka in last week's semi-final at the Rugby World Cup.
The English side showed their fearlessness before the match by forming a V-shape while the All Blacks performed the Haka.
However, a few of the English players strayed into opposition territory, despite the attempts of officials trying to usher them back behind the halfway line.
The sport's governing body, World Rugby, issued a fine to England for violating protocols which stipulate teams must not cross the halfway line during the Haka.
"England have been fined for a breach of World Cup tournament rules relating to cultural challenges, which states that no players from the team receiving the challenge may advance beyond the halfway line," it said in a statement.
"This is in line with the protocol which operates globally across the international game."
Kiwi coach Steve Hansen praised the "imaginative" English response to the Haka, when questioned about the fine.
"I thought the response was brilliant," he told reporters.
"If you understand the Haka, then the Haka requires a response.
"It is a challenge to you personally and it requires you to have a response."
After the match on Saturday, England captain Owen Farrell said his team's intention for the V-shape was to show they weren't scared of the All Blacks.
"We didn't just want to stand in a flat line and let them come at us," he said.
After their 19-7 win, England's centre Manu Tuilagi said the V-formation idea was that of coach Eddie Jones.
"Everyone wanted to show that we were ready and together. It was something different that I think Eddie suggested," he said after the match.
World Rugby did not disclose the amount England had been fined, but did say it would be donated to charity.
In 2011, France were fined $4,600 after forming an arrowhead formation and marching towards the All Blacks as they performed the Haka.
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