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Right anthem but wrong name this time for Hong Kong team at Rugby World Cup qualifier

Another national anthem blunder was revealed in a match highlights video on YouTube, where the right Chinese national anthem was played for the Hong Kong team but was identified as “Glory to Hong Kong” as shown in the subtitles. 

“Glory to Hong Kong, National Anthem of Hong Kong,” the subtitles of a banner on screen read, although the Chinese national anthem “March of the Volunteers” was playing at the time. 

“Glory to Hong Kong” is a popular song during the anti-extradition bill protests in 2019 and is seen as the main anthem for the movement by protesters. 

The match highlights video was uploaded Thursday last week (Nov 10) by RugbyPass, “the official streaming platform for rugby in Asia and for Heineken Champions Cup and Guinness Pro14 in Australia,” according to its YouTube description. 

The video has been deleted already. 

The SAR government has yet to make any public statement on the matter. 

The Rugby World Cup 2023 Final Qualification match kicked off at 6.30pm local time in Dubai on November 6, and Portugal beat Hong Kong 42-14. 

This incident followed an earlier one where the popular protest song was actually played as Hong Kong’s national anthem at an Asia Rugby Sevens Series match between the city and South Korea. 

On Friday, Hong Kong beat Kenya 22-18 and finished third in the tournament, while Portugal held the USA to a 16-16 draw and secured a place in Pool C in the finals next year as they won on overall points. 

Portugal will face Australia, Fiji, Georgia, and Wales in the group stage. 

Source : The Standard