The Welsh have been singing at rugby games for generations.
Australians took to singing Waltzing Matilda more recently.
Why don’t New Zealanders sing?
When we were in Argentina to watch the Pumas play their first home game in the Rugby Championship against the All blacks four years ago, the group practised singing before the game but once we got to the stadium any attempts to get a rousing song going petered out.
The Rugby Union has been using social media to get garner enthusiasm for Tutira Mai
It means stand as one but it hasn’t got us singing as one.
It’s been shared and liked on Facebook by thousands of people but has failed to get traction at the tests.
Lions fans have been louder, and possibly more numerous than the locals.
Maybe many of the people who go to rugby matches aren’t the people on social media.
And playing Tutira Mai through the speakers isn’t enough to get the crowd singing. As we found in Argentina, that requires strong singers in the crowd.
I like the song, even though Ngatai Huata, the daughter of Canon Wi Te Tau Huata, who composed it, says we’ve got the words and tune wrong but I won’t be at the test and even if I was, I’m definitely not the one to get a crowd to sing as one.
However, singing or not, I will be backing black and my prediction – based on the fact the team will want a win for captain Kieran Read’s 100th test and they will also be focussed on continuing the unbroken steak of series wins against the Lions – is a win to the All Blacks by um, 21-13.