Sorry over out-of-tune anthem

THE French Rugby Union has apologised to its South African counterpart for the way the national anthem was performed in France last weekend, the South African Rugby Union said yesterday.

THE French Rugby Union has apologised to its South African counterpart for the way the national anthem was performed in France last weekend, the South African Rugby Union said yesterday.

Singer Ras Dumisani made a hash of the South African national anthem before the Springboks' rugby Test against France in Toulouse on Friday.

Dumisani, a South African who now lives in France, sang the anthem out of tune and changed some of the words, causing an outcry among South Africans.

His name was forwarded to the FFR by the South African embassy in France, after the FFR asked its advice on a performer to sing the anthem.

Saru president Oregan Hoskins said he had received a letter from Pierre Camou, president of the FFR, in which he offered sincere apologies to Saru.

Hoskins said Camou explained that Dumisani had rehearsed before the event.

"The French Union have offered their unreserved apologies and I have accepted them on behalf of Saru," Hoskins said. - Sapa

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