We may never hear 'Swing Low' drown out the Haka again
Every country has its own way of countering the All Blacks’ haka but no crowd does it better than an 80 000 capacity Twickenham, however, that may never happen again.
Back in 2012 when New Zealand played England at Twickenham, the England crowd’s rendition of ‘Swing Low’ completely drowned out the challenge thrown down by the All Blacks during the traditional pre-game haka.
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The recent Black Lives Matter protests, which included the toppling of a statue of a slave trader in the English city of Bristol, have led many British organisations to examine their historic links to slavery.
The Rugby Football Union has thus decided to look into the singing of ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’ by England fans amid suggestions many supporters are unaware of its origins as a song about American slavery.
In 2015, England Rugby released a video that outlines the story behind the fans singing this particular song and also interviewed the people who started it all at Twickenham.
Source: garthorn & England Rugby