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John Eales reveals: “The Haka’ takes viewers on an immersive journey across New Zealand to uncover the deep historical, social and cultural significance of the greatest pre-match ritual in world sport.” Eales, the former captain of the Australia Wallabies, infamously turned his back – twice – on All Blacks’ Haka in 1996 and has lived with deep regret since then. Two decades on, Eales embarks on his road to redemption, enlisting former All Blacks captain Wayne ‘Buck’ Shelford as his mentor. Shelford, who led the All Blacks undefeated between 1987 and 1990, is credited with transforming The Haka in the mid-1980s from an uncoordinated dance into a theatrical spectacle that is revered by international rugby players and revelled in by sports fans around the globe. The Haka was written and directed by Steve Pasvolsky, produced by Dan Goldberg and Daniel Whelan, with Adam Kay as executive producer.