RWC Anthem Controversy Springboks

The Springboks singing along to the national anthem. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BBP.

OFFICIAL: World Rugby ditches controversial anthems at World Cup

Butchered national anthems at the Rugby World Cup is a thing of the past after World Rugby decided to bin the pre-recorded audio versions used in round one.

RWC Anthem Controversy Springboks

The Springboks singing along to the national anthem. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BBP.

It has been confirmed that the controversial pre-recorded versions of national anthems sung by a children’s choirs before matches has been scrapped for the rest of the Rugby World Cup tournament.

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RUGBY WORLD CUP ANTHEMS NOT LIKED

One of the rather unexpected talking points at the Rugby World Cup in France has been the playing of the pre-recorded audio of national anthems, which has been met by largely widespread dismay throughout the opening round of action.

French officials decided before the World Cup to commission school choirs to sing their own versions of national anthems at the tournament. Various choirs made up of kids from diverse backgrounds recorded the all national anthems.

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RESPONDING TO THE BACKLASH

On Monday, respected French rugby publication Midi Olympique, reported that the Rugby World Cup organisers took notice of the complaints and held crisis meetings to determine whether or not the choir should be ditched.

And on Wednesday  France 2023 chairman Jacques Rivoal announced that new versions of the national anthems will be used before the next round of the World Cup matches.

Rivoal explained in order to be “closer to expectations”, the youth choirs will also sing reworked versions which will be presented to teams for feedback.

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