Māori culture a source of strength for All Black TJ Perenara

Māori culture a source of strength for All Black TJ Perenara

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The ABs assemble in Hamilton tonight to prepare for the test
against Tonga this Saturday. It’ll be the ABs final hit-out
before the Rugby World Cup (RWC). TJ Perenara has cemented his
halfback spot in the world cup squad but he has another role
that’s just as important. The Te Arawa, Ngati Rangitihi man
also leads the All Black haka. Perenara says he takes on
all his roles in the team with commitment pride and humility. Irena Smith has more. He’s the man who helps to excite
the team before battle. TJ has cemented his role as kaea
and leader in Maori culture. Hongi is also something special
for him to show on the pitch and a way of showing his
and Aaron Smith’s special bond. Although he is the haka leader,
he doesn’t decide on his own which haka the team performs
before each game. He says that although
he is eager to play for the pride of the black jersey
and the hopes of the country, it’s his Maori culture and values that he turns to
when times get tough. An example for his people
and other Maori players who will follow in his footsteps. Irena Smith, Te Karere.

2 thoughts on “Māori culture a source of strength for All Black TJ Perenara”

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