The ground trembles beneath your feet and primeval cheers echo through the stadium as the New Zealand rugby team perform their famous haka dance. This is one of the many rich traditions in the sport of rugby. The teams clash with ferocious passion, providing a highly attractive piece of theatre. These elements all contribute to the global popularity of the sport.
Even so, the spattering mud that has always been a traditional part of the game will soon be a thing of the past. After all, time doesn’t stand still and rugby is no exception. On the other hand, these developments need to tie in seamlessly with the character of the sport.