Eddie Jones wants the Spice Girls to sing during the famous All Blacks haka ritual

The British national coach Eddie Jones joins together the Spice Girls who could sing during the famous All Blacks haka ritual

  • Eddie Jones says that the traditional All Blacks dance will have no effect on his team
  • His team will be so focused on the test that the Spice Girls would not move them
  • England plays New Zealand for the first time in four years at Twickenham on Saturday

Alex Martin for Mailonline

The British national coach Eddie Jones has rejected the impact of the famous New Zealand haka dance, and states that even a Spice Girls performance could not influence his team's attention.

The All Blacks will perform in the legendary Maori ceremonial challenge at Twickenham on Saturday before a long-awaited test match between the first two teams in the world.

With the All Blacks losing only six games in six years, it could be argued that the ceremonial dance has the desired effect, but Jones says his team will not be moved.

The All Blacks perform haka in view of the victory over Japan in Tokyo last weekend

The Australian openly also joked that Twickenham should play a track of the newly-joined Spice Girls while their opponents perform.

Jones said: "At that point in the game, they could play Spice Girls and I do not know what they're playing.

"They're making a comeback, are not they, the Spice Girls? Maybe they could sing at that moment."

Haka has been part of the history of rugby in New Zealand for almost 130 years, but it is only in recent years that it has become a ubiquitous and impressive ritual.

The England coach Eddie Jones says that haka will have no effect on his team

The Spice Girls performed for the last time at the closing ceremony of the London Olympic Games in 2012

Your complete guide to the history of haka

Click here to read Sportsmail of complete guide to the world-famous tradition of the All Blacks, including its origins, controversies and why it is not the "war dance" that everyone thinks it is.

In recent years, several teams have tried to counteract haka in their own way, particularly in the 2011 World Cup, when France was fined £ 2,500 for advancing towards the All Blacks, and on the half-way line, at the end.

England could expect such rebuke if they try to mock a tradition deeply rooted in the national identity of New Zealand.

At the start of this week, Spice Girls announced they were coming back together for a six-date tour less Victoria Beckham.

They play at Etihad Stadium, at Murrayfield and at Wembley Stadium, among others on a UK tour that will probably run out in a moment when the tickets go on sale on Saturday.

Pop icons did not perform in public after their fleeting appearance during the closing ceremony of the London Olympic Games in 2012, when all five appeared on top of a bus.

L-R: Spice Girls Mel C, Geri Horner, Emma Bunton, Mel B in The Jonathan Ross Show


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