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England fined for V-shape formation during New Zealand’s Haka before historic World Cup semi-final win

England have been fined for their V-shaped formation when facing the Haka before their World Cup semi-final victory over New Zealand.

The Red Roses lined up in the provocative shape as the All Blacks performed their Maori routine ahead of the nail-biting encounter

England formed a ‘V’ formation in front of the haka

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England formed a ‘V’ formation in front of the haka

Captain Owen Farrell was captured smirking as the four-time world champions went through their traditional pre-match performance.

Joe Marler was subsequently told by referee Nigel Owens to retreat to his own territory as a mark of respect for their opposition, who were demolished 19-7 by Eddie Jones’ men.

However, according to The Guardian, England have been fined by World Rugby for their response.


It is said England have been fined a four-figure sum but less than the £2,500 France had to pay when they adopted a similar formation before the 2011 World Cup final.

Les Bleus were fined for breaching ‘cultural ritual protocol’ after they linked arms and marched towards the Haka before kick-off in the 2011 World Cup final.

After the match, Tonga-born prop Mako Vunipola revealed the whole thing was the idea of coach Jones.

He said: “Eddie gave us the idea. We wanted to be respectful but we wanted to also make sure that they understood that we would be ready for a fight.

“Joe Marler said he got confused. He thought he was supposed to go all the way around them [in a circle] and go to their 10 metre line.

Jones is hoping England overcome South Africa in the final

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Jones is hoping England overcome South Africa in the final

“Because of that, he’s the one who has to pay the fine!

“He dishes it out a lot so the boys would be more than happy if he has to pay it.

“We put accountability on ourselves to back it up and I thought we did.

“We knew it would rile them up, it probably felt like we disrespected them.

“We meant no offence by it, we just wanted to let them know that we were ready for the challenge ahead.”

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