WATCH: Yorkshire rugby fans perform their own haka in New Zealand

WATCH: Yorkshire rugby fans perform their own haka in New Zealand

The Yorkshire haha took place before the rugby match

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A group of rugby fans from Yorkshire performed their own version of the haka in Auckland and many nearby appeared to enjoy it.

Supporters of the British Lions conducted their own flat cap-inspired flash mob before the final match of their team's tour on July 8 in New Zealand, according to The Northern Echo.

The idea is a riff on the New Zealanders' own haka, a war dance performed before each of the national team's games which has become one of the most iconic ceremonies in sport.

Before conducting the chant on a busy street, one man said the group would like to “show respect to our native hosts."

The chant included phrases such as “eh by gum” and “where’s me whippet?”

The men went on to hold their arms out and ask “ow much, ow much” and then went on to say “I’ll si thi."

A video of the Yorkshire haka was posted on Facebook and after just 24 hours it had been shared more than 19,000 times. It also has more than 11,000 views on YouTube.

However, one of the members of the group named Peter said the video could have been even better if more was captured, he said: "Unfortunately, what you can't see on the video is immediately following us doing the Haka there was a Maori street warden.

"He walked across the pavement and straight towards us. He faced all 20 of us and did a haka straight back. It was fantastic to see."

Thankfully most New Zealand fans seemed to enjoy the Yorkshire haka. Peter said: "We did the haka in every bar and the response we got was very positive. They all got it and realised it wasn't at all disrespectful."

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