"Culture Round" WATCH: Super Rugby Sides Celebrate Heritage With Hakas - Ruck

“Culture Round” WATCH: Super Rugby Sides Celebrate Heritage With Hakas

The heritage of the Pacific Islands and New Zealand was celebrated across Super Rugby last weekend, as the league presented it’s ‘culture round’. Club sides from New Zealand, as well as the Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika performed a haka before their matches to commemorate the occasion.

The clash between the Fijian Drua and the Auckland Blues started off with an electrifying dualling haka. The Blues started off their haka, and the hosts Drua responded and performed their ‘Na Bole’ before the Auckland side were finished.

The incredible imagery of the two sides performing the ceremonial dances sent shockwaves across the league, and was the perfect way to start their Culture Round fixture. Despite a valiant effort from the Drua, the Blues left Fiji with the victory after a 14-30 away triumph.

The Fijian Drua are relative newcomers to the modern Super Rugby landscape, as they joined up with the competition ahead of the 2022 campaign. This also marked the arrival of the newly formed Moana Pasifika team, who’s proud cultural heritage embodies all of the Pacific Islands.

Moana Pasifika performed their variation of the haka, the Fa’avae, ahead of their match against the Melbourne Rebels. Unfortunately for Pasifika, the Rebels came away victorious in the Culture Round clash. A thrilling encounter ended with an eventual 43-33 victory to the Melbourne side.

The Culture Round holds great significance within the communities of Super Rugby supporters, and also the players who take to the pitch. Legendary Highlanders star Aaron Smith is set to depart the Dunedin side after the 2023 Rugby World Cup, and his passion burned bright in his haka for the Highlanders.