Subscribe to the Newsletter

About Stephen Paea's War Cry

The announcers on Sunday were a little bemused and baffled by Bears defensive tackle Stephen Paea's warm-up act, but those of us who have seen the rugby movie Forever Strong, starring Gary Cole and Sean Astin, know he was performing a haka, an ancestral war cry originated with the Maori of New Zealand.

"It is a posture dance performed by a group, with vigorous movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmically shouted accompaniment," Wikipedia notes. "The New Zealand rugby team's practice of performing a haka before their matches has made the dance more widely known around the world."

And guess what? Paea was born in Auckland, New Zealand, where he played rugby as a boy.

First, Paea's haka.


*

From Forever Strong.

*

What It Means.

*

The Forever Strong trailer, which does a terrible job conveying the plot.


*

Forever Strong is based on the true story of Highland High School rugby, in Salt Lake City. Gary Cole's character, coach Larry Gelwix, is a real person.

When Gelwix left the school two years ago, the team dissolved, but now it's back.

*

Here they are doing their haka for the Utah United team in the 2009 finals.

*

This was a new haka they introduced in 2008 at the nationals in Pittsburgh.

*

The Bears should incorporate a haka into their pre-game routine. This could totally be a thing.

*

A profile of Gelwix and Highland rugby.

-

Comments welcome.

More from Beachwood Sports »

All Is Not Forgiven, John Fox & Co.

Convenient competing narratives.

Continue reading "All Is Not Forgiven, John Fox & Co." »

Posted on Dec 11, 2017

Breaking Beachwood Sports Feed!