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Marian Finucane wants to start a campaign to ban the Haka: “It’s very intimidating… It would make you run away”

Published 18/10/2015 | 12:47

CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 17: In this handout photograph provided by World Rugby, The New Zealand All Blacks perform The Haka during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Quarter Final match between New Zealand and France at the Millennium Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Handout/World Rugby via Getty Images)

Marian Finucane has shared her disdain for the traditional dance displayed by The All Blacks and called for a campaign to put an end to the haka.

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The RTE Radio One presenter shared her thoughts on the New Zealand ritual on her Sunday morning show and revealed that she found it to be “terrifying”.

In a rugby discussion with her panelists Alex White, Michael Fitzmaurice, Suzanne Kelly, Fr. Michael Cusack and Stephen Byrne, Marian said:  “That’s another thing. We should start a campaign to stop this Haka. It’s very intimidating.”

“At the risk of being racist, they’re like a bunch of tanks. They just wipe people to the left and to the right. Our poor lads who are going to have to deal with that.”

Although one of the panelists agreed, another said that each nation has a right to practice their own traditions.

“In all fairness, every country is entitled to its own rituals and its traditions. Just like we have the right to sing our anthem or whatever we want to do,” he said.

CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 17: In this handout photograph provided by World Rugby, The New Zealand All Blacks perform The Haka during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Quarter Final match between New Zealand and France at the Millennium Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Handout/World Rugby via Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 17: In this handout photograph provided by World Rugby, The New Zealand All Blacks perform The Haka during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Quarter Final match between New Zealand and France at the Millennium Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Handout/World Rugby via Getty Images)

However, Marian was quick to quip that the dance terrified her.

“Ah come on. It would make you run away it’s so terrifying,” said Marian.

Despite the nation’s excitement at today’s match between Ireland and Argentina, Marian did not seem particularly excited about today’s fixture.

Moving the rugby conversation over to panelist Suzanne Kelly, Marian asked: "Suzanne does your entire being glaze over with boredom at this?"

Suzanne was quick to say in fact she was very interested in the rugby as her father-in-law was once deeply involved in the Rugby Union.

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