Wellington - It
wasn't the scoreline that angered New Zealanders after their rugby
league Test loss to England, but what was dubbed the "worst" rendition
of their national anthem.
New Zealand Rugby League chief executive Greg Peters described singer
Crystal Collins' version of "God Defend New Zealand" as "disgraceful"
and urged promoters to explain.
Saturday's match was played in Denver to promote rugby's 13-man
version in the United States, but the talking point became the way
Collins stumbled through the anthem without appearing to know the words
Television commentator Glen Larmer called it "the worst rendition" he had ever heard.
Peters told RadioLive on Monday "the anthem was disgraceful, and we are very disappointed by that".
"The Kiwi national anthem is something we're proud of, and we will be
taking steps to speak to the promoters about that in the debrief," he
New Zealand blew an early lead to lose the game 36-18, but when fans
took to Twitter they only wanted to vent their frustration at the
butchering of the national song.
"The anthem was a bloody disgrace. An embarrassment," tweeted Jason,
while KY Possum said: "Hubby woke up during Kiwi anthem & complained
about what he thought was a bloody cat fight outside."
Former Samoa international Henry Faafili asked: "Can the lady who did the National anthem please learn it first?"