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Springboks singing along to the National Anthem. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BBP.

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Rugby World Cup set to change controversial anthem audio

The uproar over pre-recorded ‘choir’ anthems at the Rugby World Cup has apparently led to the possibility of a change in plan.

12-09-23 11:50
Springboks SA Rugby World Cup national anthem
Springboks singing along to the National Anthem. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BBP.

One of the rather unexpected talking points at the Rugby World Cup in France has been the playing of pre-recorded national anthems by a children’s choir before matches, which has been met by largely widespread dismay.

Although the cadence of the choir has been tolerable for some national anthems, it has certainly not suited the large majority, with many social media users and several former players calling for a change.

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Some criticism has suggested that the recording does not seem to be in sync, while others insist that it is ruining the build up just prior to the matches.

According to highly respected French publication Midi Olympique, though, organisers have taken notice of the complaints and meetings are apparently taking place this week to determine whether or not the choir should be ditched.

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Another idea could see the choir being used at the start of the anthems before turning it off for the second half of the song to allow the audience and players to sing it by themselves.

After an action-packed start to the tournament, the next set of games will begin from Thursday onwards.

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Thursday, Sept 14 – France v Uruguay, Stade Pierre-Mauroy, 9pm

Friday, Sept 15 – New Zealand v Namibia, Stadium de Toulouse, 9pm

Saturday, Sept 16 – Samoa v Chile, Stade de Bordeaux, 3pm

Saturday, Sept 16 – Wales v Portugal, Stade de Nice 5.45pm

Saturday, Sept 16 – Ireland v Tonga, Stade de la Beaujoire, 9pm

Sunday, Sept 17 – South Africa v Romania, Stade de Bordeaux, 3pm

Sunday, Sept 17 – Australia v Fiji, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, 5.45pm

Sunday, Sept 17 – England v Japan, Stade de Nice, 9pm

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Wednesday, Sept 20 – Italy v Uruguay, Stade de Nice, 5.45pm

Thursday, Sept 21 – France v Namibia, Stade de Marseille, 9pm

Friday, Sept 22 – Argentina v Samoa, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, 5.45pm

Saturday, Sept 23 – Georgia v Portugal, Stadium de Toulouse, 2pm

Saturday, Sept 23 – England v Chile, Stade Pierre-Mauroy, 5.45pm

Saturday, Sept 23 – South Africa v Ireland, Stade de France, 9pm

Sunday, Sept 24 – Scotland v Tonga, Stade de Nice, 5.45pm

Sunday, Sept 24 – Wales v Australia, OL Stadium, 9pm

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Wednesday, Sept 27 – Uruguay v Namibia, OL Stadium, 5.45pm

Thursday, Sept 28 – Japan v Samoa, Stade de Toulouse, 9pm

Friday, Sept 29 – New Zealand v Italy, OL Stadium, 9pm

Saturday, Sept 30 – Argentina v Chile, Stade de la Beaujoire, 3pm

Saturday, Sept 30 – Fiji v Georgia, Stade de Bordeaux, 5.45pm

Saturday, Sept 30 – Scotland v Romania, Stade Pierre-Mauroy, 9pm

Sunday, Oct 1 – Australia v Portugal, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, 5.45pm

Sunday, Oct 1 – South Africa v Tonga, Stade de Marseille, 9pm

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Thursday, Oct 5 – New Zealand v Uruguay, OL Stadium, 9pm

Friday, Oct 6 – France v Italy, OL Stadium, 9pm

Saturday, Oct 7 – Wales v Georgia, Stade de la Beaujoire, 3pm

Saturday, Oct 7 – England v Samoa, Stade Pierre-Mauroy, 5.45pm

Saturday, Oct 7 – Ireland v Scotland, Stade de France, 9pm

Sunday, Oct 8 – Japan v Argentina, Stade de la Beaujoire, 1pm

Sunday, Oct 8 – Tonga v Romania, Stade Pierre-Mauroy, 5.45pm

Sunday, Oct 8 – Fiji v Portugal, Stade de Toulouse, 9pm

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The Springboks in a huddle. Photo: SA Rugby website