Lions win the song con­test

The Rugby Paper - - British & Irish Lions Tour 2017 -

THE re­luc­tance of New Zealand crowds to get be­hind their team has al­ways been a prob­lem. So, know­ing how vo­cal the in­com­ing Lions fans would be, there was a or­ches­trated at­tempt to unite the coun­try be­hind the All Blacks.

It started with a TV ad­vert show­ing for­mer All Black wing Glenn Os­borne strum­ming a gui­tar and singing Tu­tira Mai (Stand To­gether) with Ki­wis from all walks of life join­ing in. The song was com­posed by Wiremu Hu­ata, an Army chap­lain with the Maori Bat­tal­ion in the Sec­ond World War.

Hu­ata sang the song to lift the spir­its of his fel­low sol­diers. How­ever, Lions fans wasted no time in hi­jack­ing it.

As Tu­tira Mai has been blasted out over the PA sys­tems in an at­tempt to rouse the lo­cals, the red army has re­sponded by drown­ing out the sec­ond line chant of

tatou tatou (all of us, all of us) with Lions! Lions!

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