Welsh star Louis Rees-Zammit has caused a stir on Twitter with his reaction to the WRU’s move to ban the Tom Jones song “Delilah” from being sung at Welsh games.
In the wake of sexual harassment, racism and misogyny claims against the WRU.
The accusations reached a boiling point last week leading to the resignation of WRU CEO Steve Phillips.
Although the Phillips resignation is still fresh, former captain Sam Warburton made headlines throughout the Autumn Nations Series for his condemnation of the WRU.
It is interesting now to see a current player speak out against a decision made by the Union. Given Rees-Zammit’s profile as one of Welsh Rugby’s brightest young stars, it is unsurprising that his tweet has gained traction.
All the things they need to do and they do that first….😶
— Louis Rees-Zammit ⚡️ (@LouisReesZammit) February 1, 2023
Interestingly there was a range of opinions offered to Rees-Zammit’s tweet with a number of people claiming the WRU using the removal of the song as a deflection tactic.
The worlds gone mad, great passionate song, I thought the saying was “sticks and stones “ etc, what’s wrong with applying this saying
— Dave Morgan (@k9dbm) February 1, 2023
Up there with RFU asking Swing Low no longer be sung, whilst the game dies on its arse with all the other stuff happening on their watch.
— Phil Sandford 🇺🇦 (@Phil_Sandford) February 1, 2023
Well said. Classic response from @WelshRugbyUnion – after senior staff get called out for being sexist bigots they decide to act by….. stopping fans from singing a song. A standard technique to deflect blame used by powerful people in all walks of life. Depressingly predicable.
— Tom Finn-Kelcey (@TFinnKelcey) February 1, 2023
Elsewhere other fans felt it right to remove the song given it’s lyrics centres around the murder of a woman.
Banning Delilah is the right move as long as it’s followed by something like what the IRFU have just announced. pic.twitter.com/WPWqlywoq4
— meredydd barker (@meredyddbarker) February 1, 2023
Your unhappy at a song with lyrics about Domestic Violence is being banned?? It’s something that should have been done years ago.
— CJP (@cjp_88) February 1, 2023
If they hadn’t banned the song, there would be headlines saying “WRU continues to endorse the killing of women” or something. Obviously much more serious action is required at the top of the organisation, but that doesn’t mean this was the wrong decision.
— 탄이 (@tristan26) February 1, 2023