Death of Din

It would be lovely to attend a top rugby match without wincing in pain at the noise assault. Perhaps a club could issue an experimental ban on the horrendous row that afflicts rugby stadiums under the guise of “entertainment”. I refer to screaming announcers who demand that you get behind your team-as if in 150 years of rugby no fan had ever worked out that that was what they were there to do.

Perhaps for a season an enlightened owner could allow the atmosphere in their stadium to grow organically-no ranting or raving,or ear-splitting noise. Crowds react to what is happening on the pitch. You connect with the crowd when it wants to be connected,not, when you order them to be.

And de-corporatise the whole thing.Twickenham may or may not be the worst, but here is one example of what I mean. England have an “official  anthem singer” in Laura Wright, and there she was on duty last week-end at the Ireland game.Laura is a gorgeous girl, she sings beautifully, and she comes out dressed for the summer in the middle of February.I hope she is being paid enough, but why does she have to be called “official anthem singer”? Can’t she just turn up and sing?


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