Are they really playing music over the Cibi? Disgraceful.— Harpin' On Rugby (@HarpinOnRugby) September 18, 2015
- Overall, this incident shows a lack of respect towards the visiting Fiji squad and reflects poorly on English rugby in general.
- When it comes to actual responsibility, while it appears that the music was actually an attempt to drown out the crowd singing, I still blame the organisers. The draw for this tournament was made I think back in 1883 so they had plenty of time to prepare for this moment. 80,000 mostly English fans, many of whom would have a drink or six on board...it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that all it took was a few to start singing “Swing Low” and they’d all be at it no matter what was going on out on the pitch. Now maybe they did make an attempt to ask the crowd to be respectful but if they did, it clearly wasn’t enough.
- Having said all of that, I should point out that in general I’m not the biggest fan of these pre-match war dances, not even the haka. I say that not from a traditional rugby fan’s point of view, rather from an overall “fair play” sports fan’s one. Particularly on international occasions, my core belief is that all steps must be taken to make playing field level for both sides, and allowing one to have an edge on pre-match intimidation doesn’t seem fair IMO. But that view doesn’t mean I believe the way to protest is to drown it out as it’s happening. Were it ever to be stopped I’d expect the talking to be done off the field and any day but that of a match.
- As you can see above, my tweet got RTed a few times so it seems others were also annoyed by the incident. But some of the replies I got went a little too far, taking the opportunity to have a go at English people in general. I must of course distance myself from this. My objection is with the RWC organisers because they are being well paid courtesy of several multinational sponsors and had a lot of time to prepare for this moment. As far as I’m concerned it has nothing to do with the nationality of the people involved.
- For me anyway, this topic is much more worthy of discussion than that of Nick Mullins’ reported comments during the ITV commentary. Yes, of course it was a dumb-ass thing to say. He’s a professional and what made him think those words would be acceptable is beyond my comprehension. However, again I must draw attention to the amount of time the organisers had to prepare for handling the Cibi dance, as opposed to the split second between the thought forming in Mullins’ head and it spilling into his microphone.
@HarpinOnRugby Heard from someone in Twickenham last night that a recorded version of Chariots was played over the PA just as Cibi started!— Miriam Collins (@MiriamCol) September 20, 2015
@HarpinOnRugby Well said and articulated. Couldn't have phrased it better. I think the RFU could do with educating their own fans— Colin Mehigan (@colinmehigan) September 19, 2015
@HarpinOnRugby Excellent post expressing exactly my own feelings. Disgraceful behaviour and disrespectful too. On more than one side— Shane Culleton (@ShaneCulleton) September 19, 2015