Player Migration in the Professional Age
In November 2008 the Irish province of Munster faced the New Zealand touring team. One of the great spectacles of rugby union is when the All Blacks perform their famous haka (Jackson and Hokowhitu, 2002) but before the game started the four New Zealanders in the Munster squad carried out their own haka. Doug Howlett, Rua Tipoki, Lifeimi Mafi and Jeremy Manning performed the haka while their teammates locked arms in support behind them. Tipoki, a former New Zealand Maori captain, noted that ‘As a Kiwi boy you grow up hoping that you are going to play for the All Blacks one day and as a Maori to do the haka for the All Blacks.’ If that was not possible then this was the next best thing.
KeywordsLabour Migration Financial Reward Rugby League Home Nation Rugby Union
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