The world is gearing up for the 2019 Rugby World Cup but no one is preparing more than the host country themselves – Japan.
A video of a crowd of Japenese rugby fans at the Kumagaya Stadium singing South Africa’s National Anthem, “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika” recently went viral.
The crowd in the video have clearly been practising as they sing the words effortlessly and are even joined by the town’s mayor who sings along with them. The Kumagaya Stadium will host a warm-up match between Japan and South Africa on September 6 2019.
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Looking forward to having Springboks in Japan. Japanese rugby fans are practicing South African National Anthem to welcome the team with respect at Kumagaya Stadiam on 6th September ＼(^o^)／ pic.twitter.com/voA6OfAXZ7
— Sandy Kondo (@sandykondo) August 26, 2019
While Rassie Erasmus’ #Springboks squad is busy preparing for their departure for Japan on Friday, excited rugby supporters in Japan are busy preparing to welcome the 1995 and 2007 @rugbyworldcup champions to the Japanese shores.South Africa will play Rugby World Cup hosts Japan in a final warm-up match at the impressive Kumagaya Rugby Stadium in Saitama Prefecture on Friday 6 September.Rugby fan Sandy Kondo said that more than 400 people turned up at the Kumagaya stadium to practice singing the South African national anthem, with some travelling for several hours to attend. Ever the mayor of Kumagaya was part of the makeshift choir who practiced away in the 34 degree heat.The Kumagaya Stadium will host three #RWC2019 matches: #Russia v #Samoa (24 September) #Georgia v #Uruguay (29 September) #Argentina v #USA (9 October) – By: Mike Jansen Video by #Kumagaya Choir Group
Posted by The BlitzBokke Supporters Page on Wednesday, 28 August 2019