This brilliant selection of photographs and stories describes what it means to stare down the most famous ritual in sport, from the perspective of those who have been there. Facing the Haka examines the significance that the All Blacks' haka has in the wider rugby world, as well as the deep respect opponents have for the team. This is about standing in front of the haka, meeting the All Blacks on those key occasions, and reliving the stories of the games that followed. Facing the Haka covers many crucial moments in rugby history with great storytelling, fresh insights and all the information a fan could ask for.
Andy Burt is a Wellington-based writer for allblacks.com and co-host of the All Blacks Podcast. He covers all levels of the domestic game in New Zealand and monitors the international game closely. He has previously worked in the social media team for the Cricket World Cup where he was pitch side for the thrilling high of the Black Caps semi-final win over South Africa and the crushing low of the final loss to Australia in 2015. Jamie Wall is a freelance sports writer, specialising in rugby, and is the author of Brothers in Black and Heroics and Heartbreak. He covers live sporting events and delves into the deeper socio-political implications that sports, especially rugby, can bring. He has worked for The Spinoff, Radio New Zealand and Maori Television. Jamie has travelled with the All Blacks around the world for several seasons, as well as covering the 2019 Rugby World Cup.