Watch: Fans hit out over ‘butchering’ of the Welsh national anthem
The playing of national anthems before games has been a contentious issue throughout the Rugby World Cup and it looks like it’s set to continue.
After demands that organisers axe the use of kids choirs ‘ruining anthems’, World Rugby agreed to use remixed versions of participants’ national anthems.
Now the playing of the Welsh national anthem has come in for some fierce criticism before the game against Georgia.
Many fans took to social media to complain that Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau was played at the wrong speed and was rushed, with others posting that the anthem had been butchered.
This is how it sounded:
MAE HEN WLAD FY NHADAU 🎶
Amdani bois! 🏴 🏴 🏴
— S4C Chwaraeon 🏴 (@S4Cchwaraeon) October 7, 2023
World Rugby had previously released a statement on the Rugby World Cup anthems change which read: “Following a review, Rugby World Cup 2023 can confirm enhancements have been agreed to the national anthems moving forward.
“The France 2023 Organising Committee, World Rugby and the French Ministry of Sport, in agreement with the Opéra-Comique and participating teams have agreed re-mixed versions of the national anthems, performed by the Mêlée des Choeurs, an educational and artistic project that involves more than 7,000 schoolchildren in the 2022-2023 school year. The re-mixed anthems will retain the recordings of the children’s voices while boosting the instrumental elements.
“We would also like to thank the teams for their full support and look forward to fans getting behind their teams as the anthems are played.”
However judging by the many comments on social media platform X (formerly Twitter) this issue is set to rumble on.
@rugbyworldcup please stop butchering the Welsh anthem, either don’t have the recorded singing or get someone who can sing it at the right speed..
— Hazcomp (@hazcomp2016) October 7, 2023
— Martin (@Martin_Knights) October 7, 2023
Blimey, the French band galloped through our anthem! Do they not know, we like to take our time and savour it? 🙄🙄 #WALvGEO
— Rachel Jones (@digitj29) October 7, 2023
Butchered anthem again, sort the dj out
— Chris Walters (@cw_barbershop) October 7, 2023
— Helen Parfitt (@HParf) October 7, 2023
— Jeni🏴 (@jinifon) October 7, 2023
The French continue to butcher every anthem at the @rugbyworldcup.
What did they just do to our beautiful anthem @WelshRugbyUnion?!
— Chris Hawkins (@ValleysDev) October 7, 2023
— Emma Jones (@Emmacaemelyn) October 7, 2023
— Carly Rees (@carlywarlyrees) October 7, 2023
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