Wallabies vs England: Australia sing national anthem in Yugambeh language, video, week NAIDOC


An extraordinary pre-match moment for the Wallabies left rugby fans speechless and saw the team showered with praise on Saturday night.

The Wallabies were showered with praise after singing Australia’s national anthem in the Yugambeh language ahead of Saturday night’s Test match against England in Brisbane.

In recognition of NAIDOC week, Australia donned a First Nations jersey at Suncorp Stadium and sang “Advance Australia Fair” in the Yugambeh language, traditionally spoken by Indigenous Australians living in southeast Queensland, accompanied by the Yugambeh Youth Choir.

The Men in Yellow also paid tribute to the proud Mununjali and Wakka Wakka Uncle Lloyd McDermott, the first Wallaby to identify as a First Nations man.

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“As a team, we are extremely proud to be able to celebrate NAIDOC week by wearing our First Nations jerseys and singing in the Uncle’s language on Saturday night in Brisbane,” Wallabies coach Dave Rennie said.

“We have spent a lot of time understanding who we play for and who we represent and the privilege of playing for Australia does not slip away from us.”

Two years ago the Wallabies became the first national team to sing the anthem in the First Nations language, singing the tune in the Eora language ahead of a test match against Argentina in Parramatta.

The Wallabies were also the first national sports team to wear a First Nations jersey, making their debut at Suncorp Stadium in 2017.

Fox Sports reporter Christy Doran tweeted: “Wallabies singing the national anthem in the Yugambeh language and wearing their native jerseys against England in Brisbane. Beautiful. Every Wallaby also knows the lyrics. Very special, especially during NAIDOC week. Well done Australian rugby.

Channel 10 reporter Veronica Eggleton tweeted: “I don’t know why the Wallabies don’t wear the Aboriginal jersey all the time. It’s so much better than their usual strip.

Last month it was announced that the Wallabies would no longer be competing for the Cook Cup against England in Test rugby, with the crystal trophy being renamed in a bid to better represent the sport’s history.

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