Send us your 'haka' videos to welcome All Blacks to Darlington

New Zealand All Blacks captain Richie McCaw leads his team in the hake, a maori challenge before their Rugby World Cup game against Tonga at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday Sept. 9, 2011

New Zealand All Blacks captain Richie McCaw leads his team in the hake, a maori challenge before their Rugby World Cup game against Tonga at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday Sept. 9, 2011

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TO welcome the legendary All Blacks, we want to see the people of Darlington do the haka.

The haka is an ancient Māori war dance traditionally used on the battlefield, as well as when groups came together in peace. The haka is a fierce display of a tribe’s pride, strength and unity. Actions include violent foot-stamping, tongue protrusions and body slapping.

Today, the haka is still used during Māori ceremonies and celebrations to honour guests and show the importance of the occasion. It is also used to challenge opponents on the sports field – and that’s why it has been adopted by the New Zealand rugby team.

So come on Darlington – schools, offices, supermarkets ­- let’s see videos of your attempts at the haka and make the All Blacks feel at home.

Tweet your videos to #EchoAllBlacks or email your videos to newsdesk@nne.co.uk. Make sure you let us know who you are and where you're from.

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10:16am Tue 26 Aug 14

LUSTARD says...

youll have to put some gusto into that one lol
youll have to put some gusto into that one lol LUSTARD
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12:05pm Tue 26 Aug 14

bones26 says...

darlington council jumping on the bandwagon that was created by mowden rugby club taking over the stadium and making good use of it when the council wanted nothing to do with it when the football club was there .well done to all form mowden rugby club
darlington council jumping on the bandwagon that was created by mowden rugby club taking over the stadium and making good use of it when the council wanted nothing to do with it when the football club was there .well done to all form mowden rugby club bones26
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2:01pm Tue 26 Aug 14

JJ2000 says...

Congrats to Mowden Rugby Club for finally turning an underused pet project into an international venue.
Congrats to Mowden Rugby Club for finally turning an underused pet project into an international venue. JJ2000
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