Rugby-Australia first as anthem sung in indigenous language before test

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Australian national anthem was sung in a local indigenous language for the first time at an international sporting event before Australia's Tri-Nations test against Argentina at Western Sydney Stadium on Saturday.

Student Olivia Fox sang Advance Australia Fair first in the language of the Eora Nation - the indigenous coastal clans from the area around the city of Sydney - before the more usual first verse of the English version.

The Wallabies players, wearing "First Nation" jerseys featuring an indigenous design in a match for the second time this season, had clearly learned the indigenous version and sang along with Fox.

Australia's players decided not take a knee in support of the "Black Lives Matter" racial justice campaign before their test matches this year, instead focusing on honouring the country's indigenous peoples.

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 18
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Did you find this article insightful?


Next In Rugby

Bortolami to coach Benetton Treviso from June
Worcester sign former England winger Ashton
Launchbury and Marler withdraw from England's Six Nations squad
Welsh union receives �13.5m COVID-19 rescue package
Prop Furlong named in Ireland Six Nations squad, Stockdale misses out
Randall and Odogwu in England squad, Sinckler out for Six Nations
Australia rugby great Pocock says sport must step up to tackle climate change
Rugby: Bath return 18 false positive COVID-19 results due to error in testing
Rugby: Exeter boss Baxter wins writers' award
Impey set to leave role as New Zealand Rugby chairman

Stories You'll Enjoy