Chief Te Rauparaha of the Ngati Toa tribe was being
chased on New Zealand's north island by his enemies.
After hiding in a pit storing sweet potatoes, he
climbed out to find someone standing over him.
Expecting to be killed, he was so relieved to be
greeted instead by a friendly local chief that he
burst into the version of the haka the New Zealand
team still uses to this day.
"It is death, it is death, it is life it is life;
this is the man who enabled me to live as I climb up
step by step toward sunlight" .
William Webb Ellis enrolls at Rugby School.