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The All Blacks perform the first ever Haka under floodlights in Britain as they prepare to take on the Midlands in 1983

The All Blacks perform the first ever Haka under floodlights in Britain as they prepare to take on the Midlands in 1983



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The All Blacks perform the first ever Haka under floodlights in Britain as they prepare to take on the Midlands in 1983

Rugby Union - 1983 New Zealand Tour to Scotland & England - Midland Division 19 New Zealand 13 (8/11/1983)
New Zealand centre Steve Pokere leads the All Black Haka at Welford Road, Leicester

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In this photo print, we witness a historic moment in the world of rugby as the mighty All Blacks perform their iconic Haka under floodlights for the very first time on British soil. The year is 1983, and New Zealand's national rugby team has embarked on a tour to Scotland and England. This particular match takes place at Welford Road in Leicester, where they are set to face off against the formidable Midlands Division. At the forefront of this awe-inspiring display of Maori tradition stands New Zealand centre Steve Pokere, leading his teammates with unwavering intensity. As their bodies intertwine in perfect synchronization, their faces etched with determination and pride, it becomes evident that this ancient war dance holds immense significance for these warriors clad in black. The floodlights cast an ethereal glow upon them, illuminating every muscle flexed and every expression carved into their faces. It is a mesmerizing sight that captures not only the physicality but also the spiritual essence of rugby union. This image serves as a testament to both cultural heritage and sporting prowess colliding on one hallowed ground. It encapsulates the indomitable spirit of the All Blacks as they prepare themselves mentally and physically for battle against worthy opponents from England's midland counties. Colorsport Images' Colin Elsey has masterfully captured this pivotal moment in history—a snapshot frozen in time that immortalizes not just a game but also a profound connection between sport, tradition, and national identity.

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