Wallabies' epic Indigenous boomerang response to All Blacks' haka

International
by Christy Doran

The Wallabies - wearing their First Nations strip for just the second time on Australian soil - have thrown down a response to the All Blacks' haka, with an epic boomerang formation at ANZ Stadium, Sydney.

For years it's been suggested that the All Blacks have an advantage by delivering the haka.

Only on Friday, former Wallabies coach Alan Jones encouraged Michael Hooper's men to challenge the All Blacks' haka in a column for The Australian.

On Saturday, at the Olympic Stadium, they did.

It's the third time in as many Tests that the Wallabies have stood "linked" together resembling the Indigenous boomerang.

It's a concept that has been introduced by first-year Wallabies coach Dave Rennie.

Speaking to The Sydney Morning Herald ahead of Bledisloe III, Rennie said the idea of the boomerang was to "hover above" the All Blacks and "mince up their words" and "bring back that energy".

“We came out with our boomerang formation because it is unique to us,” Rennie told The Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday.

“The boys aren’t linked and we have split feet because it’s a stronger position. If you got pushed with your feet together, you’d fall over. When the All Blacks do the haka, they’ll have split feet. We’re standing, rather than linked, arms by our side. We’re ready to fight and accept the challenge.

“The idea with the boomerang is that we throw the boomerang out, it hovers above them, mincing up their words, then comes back and brings back an energy to us. It’ll have more meaning with the Indigenous jersey.”