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College students perform titanic All Blacks tribute haka - video

Pupils at the college where Ma'a Nonu and Julian Savea were students celebrate New Zealand World Cup win in style

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The All Blacks may have lost some big names after the Rugby World Cup, with the likes of Dan Carter, Ma'a Nonu and Keven Mealamu announcing their retirements and skipper Richie McCaw expected to follow suit, but it seems that the haka at least is in safe hands.

Around 600 students from Wellington's Rongotai College, which counts Nonu and team-mate Julian Savea among its former pupils, celebrated New Zealand's triumph at Twickenham with a rousing performance of their tribal challenge.

The floor-shaking moment was caught on camera by TVNZ and has gone viral in New Zealand and beyond.

The footage shows how seriously the haka is taken in New Zealand today, which is in stark contrast to the way it was performed by the All Blacks in the 1970s, and suggests that there will be no shortage of passion in the next generation of New Zealand rugby players.

The intensity of the footage also appears to torpedo any hopes that New Zealand's rivals may have had that the latest World Cup triumph represents the end of an era for the All Blacks.

It is evident that there are plenty of youngsters queueing up to replace the likes of Nonu and Mealamu, who had the honour of leading the haka, in the New Zealand team.

Nonu, who attended the college in the 1990s, went on to become a New Zealand legend, crowning his All Blacks career with a brilliant try against Australia in the final and bowing out with 103 Test caps and two World Cups to his name.

Savea, at the age of 25, has the potential to match him. The skilfull winger has scored 38 tries in 41 appearances, and has already overtaken the great Jonah Lomu and is just 11 behind New Zealand record holder Doug Howlett.

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