Rugby is full of rich traditions tied to the culture and history of various rugby playing nations. These traditions are part of what makes rugby so unique and what bonds rugby players all over the world. Take a look below at some of rugby's greatest traditions.
Songs and Chants
An inherent part of rugby culture is singing songs. You may hear a team chant hip-hip-hooray at the end of a match to thank the opposing team, spectators and referees for coming out. At an England match you may join in on singing Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Or be blessed with hearing the Fijian rugby players sing.
Post Game Socials
Rugby is known as "a hooligan's sport for gentleman". This means that while players battle it out on the field, they never forget the the respect and solidarity that transcends the scoreboard. It is rugby tradition that at the end of the match, the home team throws a social for the visiting team. Usually this consists of players swapping stories and building friendships while sharing a meal together.
Man of the Match
In addition to the social, teams may come together for the man of the match ceremony in which each team picks a player from the opposing team who they think exhibited extraordinary play and character on the field.
The haka originated as a war dance created by the Maori people, the indigenous people of New Zealand. The haka became a central part of Maori culture, evolving over time to be used for more than just battles. There are many hakas used for different ceremonies and occasions. New Zealand's national team, the All Blacks, traditionally perform a haka before their games. Check out the video below to see their haka. Click this link to learn more about the haka.
Many teams and clubs have their own traditions that help forge bonds and build comradery. We encourage your team to start their own traditions and continue adding to the vibrant fabric of rugby culture.