England rugby surprise everyone as they release video about the dark origins of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
By Rugby Onslaught

England rugby surprise everyone as they release video about the dark origins of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

England Rugby have just released a new video this morning as they released a 21-minute video-detailing the origins of the popular Twickenham anthem – Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.

The new video, promoted as part of Black History Month, goes into detail about how the old slaver song came to be sang at the home of English rugby.

In the new feature, England rugby interview a number of rugby stars who give their view on what the song means to them as well as calling on experts who talk us through the origins of the anthem. The song’s use at Twickenham has been called into question in recent months with some arguing that is has no place at a major sporting event.

In the new video we see as England and Saracens star Maro Itoje is interviewed.

One of the things he has to say about the song is as follows.

‘I just feel as if the context is so different and the previous context is such a sensitive issue – and a sensitive topic to a lot of people. It almost feels to sing the song in the context that’s it’s sung in England, it’s taken out of context massively.’

The video also features interviews with folk musician, Joe Stead, Rugby star Martin Offiah and England captain, Paula George.

Watch the new video from England rugby below

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