Rugby World Cup 2019: England fined, sanctioned for haka breach

Rugby World Cup finalists England have been fined for their reaction to the All Blacks haka before the semi-final win.

The Guardian reports England have been fined a "four-figure sum" for challenging the traditional challenge in V formation and ignoring officials' requests to move back behind the halfway line. 

Prop Mako Vunipola admitted England knew they would face some sort of backlash, but wanted to "rile up" New Zealand before battle.

"We wanted not to just stand there and let them come at us," said captain Owen Farrell. 

The fine won't be a big hit to the pockets of the English players, who have already earned more than NZ$2million just for making the final, with another jackpot to be released, if they beat the Springboks on Saturday night.

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