Rugby Union

Should Scottish Rugby fans be able to play the bagpipes at internationals?

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I’ve got a simple answer to this debate. No.

I like Scotland and if Scottish players would like to have the bagpipes played pre-match by a professional piper on the pitch with the anthem, then that’s fine. The bagpipes are a beautiful instrument with an emotional and melodic sound.

However, fans shouldn’t be bringing them into the stadium. It is similar to the football World Cup in South Africa, where many fans brought in vuvuzela and the stadium was haunted by a sound like hellish bees.


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The bagpipes are a far sweeter sound to be sure. But it would be distracting to the players and as frustrating to the fans.

Remember, the person who brings the bagpipes in may know only one song, or not be able to play a proper tune at all, or could use the noise to put off a goal kicker.

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I mean, you wouldn’t want a Welsh fan dragging in a harp or an Australia fan playing a didgeridoo during the game. So why is it so scandalous not to have a set of bagpipes in the stand?

Some have compared it to banning the South Sea Island teams from doing a War Dance before the game. But this is a silly comparison.

If Scottish players wanted to do a Highland dance pre-match against a Haka, no one would stop them. The same as everyone would appreciate the English players doing a Morris dance.

Having a set of bagpipes in the crowd is not the same as having the international team doing a traditional war dance or singing a national anthem it’s as simple as that.

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