RFU chief gives update on ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’ review

THE RFU boss Bill Sweeney has revealed he will no longer sings ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’ at Twickenham

He was speaking after the governing body revealed they would be reviewing the song’s use by England fans.

Sweeney admitted it would be “very difficult” to ban the song with the RFU will focus on “education and awareness”.

“I used to sing it a lot in the 70s, I won’t sing it anymore,” Sweeney said on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Rugby Union Weekly.

“I personally would choose not to sing it. If there was somebody next to me singing it then I wouldn’t look at them and think they were racist.

“I would think they don’t feel it’s an issue. You need a bit of common sense and a bit of responsibility here.”


JOIN THE RUCK


MARKED | How BBC rated England’s players in 2003 World Cup final

Josh Lewsey: Again proved his worth in the number 15 jersey. Made some dynamic runs and kept the pressure on the Aussie midfield. 7

Jason Robinson: Always looked dangerous with the ball. Had little chance stopping Australia’s try, but did his job at the other end touching down. 8

Will Greenwood: Handled the ball well with some creative touches and put in some big tackles but ultimately failed to shine. 6

Mike Tindall: More direct than creative, but did the job he was asked to do. Produced a vital clearance in the second half before making way for Mike Catt. 7

Ben Cohen: Worked tirelessly off the ball and did little wrong. Was given little opportunity to show his class with the ball. 6

CONTINUES ON PAGE 2