John Eales Reveals: The Haka
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.