France fined for haka breach

Haka (Gallo Images)
Haka (Gallo Images)
Dublin - France have been hit with a £10 000 fine by the IRB for advancing on the New Zealand haka prior to Sunday's Rugby World Cup final.

VIDEO: Haka prior to 2011 Rugby World Cup final

According to The Score website, France broke IRB rules by not staying the prescribed distance away from the haka and therefore incurred the fine.

Speaking before the fine was confirmed, Marc Lievremont said his captain Thierry Dusautoir tried to prevent his team-mates from crossing the halfway line.

Lievremont told reporters: “He tried to stop them, there was a bit of movement bringing them forward.”

Meanwhile, Richie McCaw claimed that he was not surprised by the French team’s actions, saying: “We talked that they’d bring something different and they did, but the game doesn’t start until the whistle blows does it?”

France advance on the All Blacks' haka (Gallo Images)
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