Children from two primary schools in Leeds did battle in Millennium Square performing New Zealand’s ancestral war dance, the Haka.
The city centre square was brought to a standstill as pupils from Holy Family Primary School in Armley and Queensway Primary School in Yeadon went head to head with their impressive displays.
The showdown was staged to mark 50 days until the city hosts the first of two Rugby League World Cup 2013 (RLWC2013) games this autumn.
Both schools composed their own versions of the traditional dance to celebrate New Zealand being Leeds’ adopted nation for the tournament - the New Zealand team will be based in Leeds and take on Papua New Guinea at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on Friday, November 8.
Coun Lucinda Yeadon, executive board member for learning and leisure, said: “It’s great to see children in the city getting excited about the tournament and having the opportunity to think about and explore other cultures too. We want there to be a lasting legacy for rugby league in Leeds as a result of our role as a host city, and our range of RLWC2013 themed events have been generating great interest and many more activities will continue through the summer and until the tournament ends in November.”
Former Leeds Rhinos legend and England RL international Keith Senior was also down at Millennium Square to watch the children’s performances.
He has been spreading the RLWC2013 excitement this week across the city, visiting a Leeds primary school to talk about his world cup experiences.