New Zealand won the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday with their 34-17 victory over Australia. Just in case you were hiding under a rock over the weekend and missed that.
On Tuesday, the team arrived back in Auckland to celebrate on home turf, and they were greeted appropriately by the airport ground staff.
And by appropriately we mean, in a ridiculously awesome New Zealand-y manner, by the haka to end all hakas. The haka – if you don’t know – is a traditional Maori war dance, that the team have adopted as a way of “scaring” their rivals at the start of matches.
Battling through heavy rain, the airport staff took over the runway to welcome back their heroes, with 4,000 rugby-mad supporters waiting to cheer the team in the arrivals hall.
The All Black’s victory was the first time a team has ever won back-to-back trophys in the world cup, and the first time they have won away from home soil.
Captain Richie McCaw, emerged first from the plane to thanking fans, and saying the team couldn’t have done it without the support from back home:
“The support’s been amazing, so to bring this back is pretty awesome”
So, what have we learnt today? That New Zealand are pretty great at rugby, and also that there are no limits to where Haka’s can be performed.