Rugby stars back Northamptonshire rugby club’s bid to sing anthem for Rugby World Cup

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Rugby World Cup winner Ben Cohen is among a host of rugby stars helping a bid by the children of Brackley Rugby Club to sing on the official RFU Rugby World Cup single.

Winning this opportunity and becoming the choral voice of the official rugby anthem depends on the children raising as many votes as possible. Now the children are launching a campaign to gains votes as voting approaches its final weeks.

Success rests on a combination of votes for the children’s video on Facebook, along with as many shares, likes for their singing.

The children are the only ‘junior rugby playing’ entry on the leader board, and so far the team has stormed ahead to the number one spot out of an amazing 285 entries with nearly 1,300 votes so far.

Lucy Mellor-Brook, mother of two of the boys taking part, said: “The support from the community in Brackley has been staggering but we need to keep the votes coming. The closing date is July 1 so there is still time to keep the momentum going and with everyone’s help we could increase the kids lead by more!”

So far the group have sung their rendition of Swing Low Sweet Chariot live on the breakfast show at BBC Radio Northampton and have celebrity support, with re-tweets from Ben Cohen, Tom Stephenson, Ashley Johnson and many more from the world of rugby.

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Mrs Mellor-Brook added: “We desperately need votes on Facebook - the number two spot is a large choir from Gloucester who are gaining on us rapidly! Please help us to boost the kids entry and put our little town of Brackley on the map in the lead up to the World Cup.”

Ten-year-old Harry Bartlett said: “We are very excited as we love rugby, it’s our favourite sport.” And Archie Mellor-Brook, nine, added: “It would just be brilliant for Brackley to be part of the World Cup.”

To support their bid, visit their Facebook page.