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Sunday, September 25, 2011

A potted history of the rugby world cup, the rules of the game and rugby boots Part Six: Flower of Scotland





One of the more inspiring songs heard at the Rugby World Cup is Flower of Scotland, the unofficial Scottish National Anthem. Written by Roy Williamson in 1967. It was first sung by The Corries. The lyrics relate to the famous Battle of Bannockburn (1314) when the Scottish army under the leadership of Robert the Bruce defeated Edward II of England. The tune was composed on the Northumbrian smallpipes and became very popular as a folk song. In 1974, Billy Steele, encouraged his team-mates to sing it on the victorious British Lions tour of South Africa. At the 1990 Five Nations Championship between Scotland and England, the song was adopted as the pre-game anthem and ever since it became associated with the Scotland national rugby union team. Usually the first and third verses are sung.


O Flower of Scotland,
When will we see your like again
That fought and died for
Your wee bit hill and glen.
And stood against him,
Proud Edward's army,
And sent him homeward
Tae think again.
The hills are bare now,
And autumn leaves lie thick and still
O'er land that is lost now,
Which those so dearly held
That stood against him,
Proud Edward's army
And sent him homeward
Tae think again.
Those days are past now
And in the past they must remain
But we can still rise now
And be the nation again!
That stood against him
Proud Edward's army
And sent him homeward
Tae think again.
O Flower of Scotland,
When will we see your like again
That fought and died for
Your wee bit hill and glen.
And stood against him,
Proud Edward's army,
And sent him homeward
Tae think again.




Read more
A potted history of the rugby world cup, the rules of the game and rugby boots Part One: Introduction
A potted history of the rugby world cup, the rules of the game and rugby boots Part Two: History of the Games
A potted history of the rugby world cup, the rules of the game and rugby boots Part Three: Rules of the Games
A potted history of the rugby world cup, the rules of the game and rugby boots Part Four: Rugby Boots
A potted history of the rugby world cup, the rules of the game and rugby boots Part Five: Studs or Cleats
A potted history of the rugby world cup, the rules of the game and rugby boots Part Six: Flower of Scotland A potted history of the rugby world cup, the rules of the game and rugby boots Part Seven: How to choose rugby boots

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