England’s unofficial rugby anthem “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” dates back to the 19th century and now it’s been given a new lease of life in time for the sport’s biggest competition later this year. England is hosting this year’s Rugby World Cup and Ella Eyre is providing some of the vocals for the unofficial anthem and is getting help from fans as well. Fans have been asked to submit their “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” videos online and the best will be included in the new single which will be released on September 7, with all proceeds will be going to charity.
Eyre talked to Newsbeat about the single and said “I grew up around sort of rugby players, I went to a boarding school that was very rugby heavy, so it was really nice to be a part of it and get the nation behind and supporting the players, and I think rugby is a really incredible sport. Not enough people know about it. I think, I don’t know, I feel like we need to get more people into it. I think it’s a great sport and I think if anything it just terrifies me, so I could never do it myself. But it is incredible what they can do. And having met the entire England squad, they’re such lovely men, honestly, gentlemen“.
Ella Eyre also described shooting the music video for the single, saying, “and we had to shoot the video and I was just terrified because they are double the size of me. And there was like, 15 of them and they were honestly lovely“. While the singer was shooting the new video she was taught by the players how to throw the rugby ball properly and said that she is “rubbish” at it and “it’s actually really difficult. It’s a very technical sport“. The Rugby World Cup will start on the 18th of September until October 31.