Video shows Japanese rugby fans learning Nkosi Sikelele for World Cup

Video shows Japanese rugby fans learning Nkosi Sikelele for World Cup

- A heart-warming video showed Japanese rugby fans performing a beautiful rendition of the South African national anthem

- Over 400 fans gathered at the Kumagaya Rugby Stadium as they practiced singing Nkosi Sikelele

- The event forms part of Japan’s strategy to make all teams feel welcome in the country

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If you've watched this video while closing your eyes, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was taken at Loftus Versfeld or Ellis Park.

In actual fact, it was filmed at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium in Japan, as more than 400 Japanese rugby fans gathered to perform the South African national anthem.

Their beautiful and almost flawless rendition could easily put many South Africans to shame.

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The heart-warming video was shared via Facebook by the BlitzBokke supporters group and has already been viewed 44 000 times. understands that the mayor of Kumagaya was one of those who braved the searing heat to sing Nkosi Sikelele.

The moment is even more special when one considers that many in attendance travelled for hours to be there.

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The session formed part of Japan’s plans to show hospitality to all the visiting nations and the Springboks are set for a special welcome on 14 September.

The Springboks face a huge challenge in their opening encounter on 21 September as coach Rassie Erasmus’ men face off against the mighty All Blacks.

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