The game of Rugby holds so much history in the Pacific Islands. Many islands have been around the game of rugby for a VERY long time. Here are the years the game of Rugby was founded for these countries/ islands:
NZ – 1892
Fiji – 1913
Samoa – 1924
Tonga – 1924
Niue – 1952
Hawaii – 1975
Tahiti – 1989
Cook Islands – 1989
Majority of these islands have their own traditional war dance:
New Zealand – Haka
Fijian – Cibi/ Bola
Tongan – Sipi Tau
Samoan -Siva Tau
The traditional dances of these islands are performed before the game in front of the crowd and directed to the opposite team waiting at the other side of the field’s half-way line in order to gain a psychological advantage. Check out this video where we see New Zealand + Fiji + Samoa doing their respective dances:
And sometimes you may even get to watch 2 at once!:
Rugby has always been known to be as a real man’s game. No Faking. These day’s though, certain happenings have caused some to come to the inclusion that the game of Rugby may be losing the toughness and edge it had in years past. In a world where Soccer (of course – Football – for the fanatics) is officially known as the “world game”, the game of rugby may be taking some influence. Take a look at the NBA for example, where such players such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Blake Griffin, Lance Stephenson, and Argentinian (soccer mad) Manu Ginobili are even using flop tactics in Basketball in order to to win fouls and gain an advantage. This is something you would not have seen too much of as far back as the 90’s. Here’s an example of Dwyane Wade (one of my fave players) flopping hard out of bounds while in possession!!!
Granted, this tactic is now being used in other sports. This interesting snippet from a Sydney Morning Herald article from 2011 had to say about the history of Polynesians and Rugby:
The rise of the islanders is a happy confluence of supply and demand: New Zealand has been swamped by Polynesian immigration and they have forced their way into national teams by talent and sheer numbers; the globalisation of rugby has suddenly made Pacific islanders bigger, stronger and faster than almost any other peoples, the men of the match.
Robert Dewey, assistant professor of history at DePauw University in Indiana says: “Rugby, was appropriated as a ”national game” among Tongans, Samoans and indigenous Fijians.
”Early rugby played an important role in expressions of village pride and masculinity, partly because so many of the traditional institutions into manhood had disappeared,”
Hmmm…Early rugby played an important role in expressions of village pride and masculinity??
OK then. So what…. happened…. here….
I’m sure we’ve all seen this video that went viral worldwide a couple months back (apologies for quality. Though I was excited to be watching Arsenio myself on T.V in his late night slot while in USA! Didn’t know he was going to show this video to open the show…lol!). It’s a hilarious video though…!
OK, ok, I’m SURE that flop was only a slight lapse in concentration for the player *cough*notreally*cough*… in reality though, Rugby is most probably not losing toughness any time soon. But hopefully, for the LOVE of the game, we don’t see anything like that flop/ dive again in Rugby… 🙂
Please feel free to leave a comment (comment section bottom right of this post) to let us know your thoughts on seeing Rugby players flop, especially Polynesians… lol
SHOULD RUGBY PLAYERS FLOP/ DIVE DURING A GAME?
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