STILL seething over England's haka snub, New Zealand yesterday took aim at the Lions for not promoting tonight's game in what shapes as a fiery World Cup semi-final at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium.
England coach Tony Smith raised eyebrows again yesterday when he made his team off limits to media.
New Zealand took it as another snub after England's controversial reaction to the haka before their pool match at Newcastle last weekend.
"It's the semi-final of a World Cup. We all have a duty to do the best for our game," Kiwi coach Stephen Kearney said.
Hardly the biggest fan of media commitments, New Zealand captain Nathan Cayless still appeared at a press conference yesterday and said England should have done the same.
"I think we do have a responsibility as players to promote the game," Cayless said.
"We do our interviews and all that sort of stuff, the boys are pretty happy to do it.
"But England have their own routines, and that's the way they do it."
Cayless was still angry about England's treatment of the haka last weekend when the Lions formed a huddle, effectively turning their backs.
The Kiwis reacted by coming from behind to win 36-24.
England enforcer Adrian Morley has ruled out a repeat of the huddle.
"We didn't go out to create a storm, we've got respect for the haka," Morley said.
"We felt we needed to get into a huddle and reconfirm a few of our points rather than stand there wasting time ... but it was by no means disrespectful."
Cayless all but dared England to do it again.
Asked how the Kiwis would react, Cayless said: "We will have to wait and see what happens."
But Cayless said a snub would fire up New Zealand.
"It probably will ... we just ask for a bit of respect," he said.