John Eales Reveals The Haka

World Premiere, Sunday 20 August at 7.30pm AEST/NZ


Monday 21 August: 10:30am AEST on Discovery Channel & 12:30pm AEST on Discovery Channel +2
Wednesday 23 August: 9:30pm AEST on Discovery Channel & 11:30pm AEST on Discovery Channel +2
Thursday 24 August: 10:30pm AEST on Discovery Channel
Friday 25 August: 12:30am AEST on Discovery Channel +2
Saturday 26 August: 8:30am AEST on Discovery Channel & 10:30am AEST on Discovery Channel +2


Monday 21 August: 10am on Discovery Channel
Wednesday 23 August: 9:25pm on Discovery Channel
Thursday 24 August: 10:15pm on Discovery Channel
Saturday 26 August: 8:20am on Discovery Channel

By his own admission, rugby union legend John Eales has only one regret in his illustrious playing career – that as captain of his country in 1996, he and the Wallabies turned their backs on the All Blacks as they performed the Haka in Wellington, triggering outrage on both sides of The Ditch. For two decades, Eales has rued that decision and now he’s ready to make peace with his past.

This one-hour documentary follows Eales as he sets out to understand the deep cultural, historical, social, communal and psychological aspects that makes the Haka not just the greatest pre-match ritual in world sport, but a pivotal part of New Zealand’s culture and identity. 

Under the stewardship of All Black legend Wayne ‘Buck’ Shelford, Eales immerses himself in the Haka as he crisscrosses New Zealand – from Maori communities in Rotorua to Eden Park in Auckland – on his road to redemption. 

John Eales Reveals: The Haka also features interviews with some of Australia and New Zealand’s rugby greats.


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