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Itoje and Vunipola respond as RFU set to review anthem Swing Low

The RFU is conducting a review into the use of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot by England supporters, according to The Guardian.

England lock Maro Itoje recently described the historic context of the song as “complicated”.

Meanwhile, Mako Vunipla said: “I’ve always taken it as just the English song, really. I’ve never thought of it as any more or any less than that,

“Watching games when I was younger, when you hear it come on it’s obviously something special and when you’re on the field and hear it, it gives you a bit of a lift, so I never really thought about the meaning or if it’s from slavery.”

 The union revealed to the Guardian that they will now be reviewing the song’s “historical context” and acknowledged the need to educate supporters as to its sensitivities.

“The RFU has stated we need to do more to achieve diversity and we are determined to accelerate change and grow awareness,” said an RFU spokesperson.

“The Swing Low, Sweet Chariot song has long been part of the culture of rugby and is sung by many who have no awareness of its origins or sensitivities. We are reviewing its historical context and our role in educating fans to make informed decisions.”

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