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Bowing to spectators, a new post-match trend at World Cup

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By Ayano Shimizu

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Now take off your boots!

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Respect !!

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@ zichi: bravo and I agree. As long as this doesn't come off as the usual thing where a certain country, and their teams and players seem so much nicer and more polite than the rest of the world, I am all for it. I know NZ and others are doing it but I can see where this is headed. It'll be all about how great some peole are, just because they bow to your face.

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As zichi says, many soccer teams will acknowledge fans after a game. With away fans, its almost expected.

fwiw, Japanese kids may bow to the pitch too. Kids in school are taught to bow to their swimming pool. Japanese marathon runners turn around and bow to the course at the finish.

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Australia versus Fiji game at Sapporo dome on Saturday and after the match the Australian team bowed to the fans also. This game was played before the New Zealand game by the way ;)

Didn't know that. Cool.

Some visiting Super Rugby teams do it here too. I think the Sunwolves bow to crowds when they play away. When the All Blacks played Japan in 2018, both teams made one long line and bowed to the crowd after the game.

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Anyway, bowing should become normal in all rugby games around the world. 

Why? That's clearly a Japanese thing. In Europe they clap. Would be weird for the 6 nations teams to bow at the end of each game.

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At Liverpool FC at the end of the game, the manager and the players always applaud the fans. Without them there would be nothing.

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It is a nice gesture by the teams, showing respect to the fans for the support during the games. We were at the Australia versus Fiji game at Sapporo dome on Saturday and after the match the Australian team bowed to the fans also. This game was played before the New Zealand game by the way ;)

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As zichi says, many soccer teams will acknowledge fans after a game. With away fans, its almost expected.

Let's not kid ourselves here, most pro football (soccer & nfl) teams have some sort of 'fan engagement' bonuses that players get at the end of the month. yep that's right, 200k for bowing/clapping in front of the kop.

Not saying they all do it for the $$ but there's no doubt some do.

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I'm not saying it's sincere, only that is common/accepted behaviour in football, a similar sport.

Behaviour that happens in other countries is not "Japanese culture".

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if you have to bow to anybody, team orders or its cultural thing maintain eye contact let them know you are not a slave and you do it because it's ordered not because the recipient is worthy.

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As it should be.

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Only to add, that as a former rugby player, described by a coach as 'the craziest player' he'd ever coached, real men bow.

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NZ always set the pace and the trend in world rugby

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At Liverpool FC at the end of the game, the manager and the players always applaud the fans. Without them there would be nothing.

Every football match I've seen the teams applaud their fans at the end of a game. I've never seen one that hasn't.

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It sounds like half of the New Zealand rugby team will be playing in Japan next year, especially the older guys. maybe this sign of respect could also increase their worth to a few clubs and even bump up their retirement fund/salary.

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Mocheake

It has to be done with the right heart otherwise its just an empty gesture. At Liverpool FC it's the German manager who leads the way because that's what he believes, the fans are No1 to the game and club. Not just about ticket sales.

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NZ always set the pace and the trend in world rugby

Actually, the Brave Blossoms set the trend. All Blacks and other teams copied them. Anyway, bowing should become normal in all rugby games around the world. Its about respect.

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Beautiful !!..

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Every football match I've seen the teams applaud their fans at the end of a game. I've never seen one that hasn't.

Sure but I watch every one of the Liverpool games. Some teams get booed off?

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/liverpool-fc-boss-jurgen-klopp-10625845

Most clubs would love to have fans like at Liverpool. They are the 13th player.

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