The New Zealand All Blacks made history with a stunning 34-17 win over Australia in Rugby World Cup 2015 final on Saturday.
Upon their return home, the victorious players were stunned to see dozens of airport employees performing the traditional Maori haka dance on the tarmac as they got off the black-painted Air New Zealand plane.
"The support's been amazing, so to bring this back is pretty awesome," team Captain Richie McCaw was quoted as saying by Sky News.
"It's not too bad, is it? We're starting to get used to having it around," added Coach Steve Hansen.
Haka is a form of tribute to the different indigenous tribes of New Zealand. While Kiwi rugby players mostly use this routine to intimidate their opponents, it’s also performed on other occasions, such as parties and even funerals.
In a separate airline incident related to the rugby World Cup final, the staff of Australian carrier QANTAS were forced to wear New Zealand jerseys for an entire day after losing a bet over the final.