England have been fined for the V-shape formation the team made when facing New Zealand’s haka before their clash with the All Blacks in last weekend’s World Cup semi-final.
According to the Guardian, England have been reprimanded and fined a four figure sum although it is believed to be less than the £2,500 that France had to pay for adopting a similar formation in the 2011 World Cup final.
England were victorious over the All Blacks, winning in dominant fashion in Yokohama however their haka response could be seen as a breach of the World Rugby rule which states that opponents cannot cross the halfway line when it is being performed.
Head coach Eddie Jones was behind the idea with Owen Farrell’s grin at the formation’s apex proving to be one of the more memorable images from the incident.
“We talked about it as a team but everything has to get past the boss,” said England’s Mako Vunipola.
“He 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 the fight. We knew it would rile them up, it probably felt like we disrespected them.
New Zealand had played down the significance of the response with scrum-half Aaron Smith admitting that Farrell was winking at him throughout.
“I don’t really do it to scare them or anything, we do it for us and to represent our people, represent New Zealand. The All Blacks have been doing it for 110 years. It’s about us, I didn’t really notice.
I was looking at the guy straight opposite me and that was Owen Farrell, he was giving me a few winks so I was trying to scare him as much as I could.”