This week, the Marine Corps hosted the coaches of the All Blacks, New Zealand’s National Rugby Union Team. Commandant of the Marine Corps General Robert Neller, a former Rugby player, and fan himself, invited the team to Marine Corps Base Quantico and the Pentagon. The visit is of an effort to see how the two organizations tackle mental and physical fitness. The All Blacks’ head coach, Steve Hansen, shared tips and philosophies their team uses to stay at their peak physical performance. The All Blacks are well known for performing hakas, like this one during the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The haka originated with ancient tribes in New Zealand. It is a war dance used to intimidate enemies. Marines surprised the coaches with a haka of their own. Coach Hansen saw similarities between the two organizations, and what it takes to make a winning team on the playing field , and the battlefield. I’ve been very impressed, both of us have been actually, about the pride with which every person we’ve spoken to in the uniform has for their organization, for the Corps. I’d like to think that the people that represent the All Blacks have that same pride. That’s all for this week, on The Corps Report.