Kiwi-born British Lion Mako Vunipola has rubbed salt into the wounds of the Crusaders by making it clear he felt their pre-match haka left a lot to be desired.

The England international was making his first start in the Lions' third warm-up match on tour as Warren Gatland's men looked to bounce back from defeat to the Blues on Wednesday.

After the Blues were criticised by the London Telegraph's James Corrigan for employing a throat-slitting gesture in their haka, a Crusaders spokesman confirmed that they would not be repeating the gesture, but did promise a "fantastic surprise on the night."

But Vunipola responded with complete disinterest as the Crusaders delivered a spine-tingling haka.

The 26-year-old, who was born in Wellington, was pictured casually scratching his ear as the camera cut to the Lions in formation.

While the haka did not feature any throat-slitting, according to the Telegraph, it did appear to contain a reference to heart-eating.


The Chiefs will join the Crusaders and the Blues in delivering a pre-match haka when they play the Lions.

However, the Highlanders and Hurricanes have opted not to join other Super Rugby sides in producing a special haka, and will challenge the tourists on-field in other ways.