Once again, the Maori have demonstrated to the rugby world their fair play and the beauty of their customs. Nothing obliged them, but on the sidelines of a friendly match against Munster, the Maori All Blacks paid a very touching tribute to Anthony Foley, Irish rugby legend and Munster coach, who died suddenly on 16 October at 42 Stadium. years. Before their traditional haka, the New Zealanders introduced a black jersey with the initials “AF”, which they placed in the center of the field.
Following their tradition, the Maori players stepped forward without taking their eyes off the opponent, lowered their tunic, and then stepped back without lowering their eyes. The emotional moment then ended with a haka that was fully respected by the 25,000 fans present at Thomond Park. Maori All Blacks players then donated T-shirts to Anthony Foley’s kids, Tony and Dan.