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Burundian Refugee's Tear-Jerking Rendition Of The Australian National Anthem Ahead Of The Bledisloe Cup

Max Sherry

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Burundian Refugee's Tear-Jerking Rendition Of The Australian National Anthem Ahead Of The Bledisloe Cup

David Nduwimana, take a bow.

If one good thing came out of Australia's 43-5 thrashing at the hands of New Zealand in the third Test of the Bledisloe Cup, then it's this bloke.

On the field, the Wallabies fell to their worst defeat against the All Blacks on home soil in 177 years.

But off it, one man etched his name into the Australian history books,

The Wallabies sing along to the anthem. Credit: PA
The Wallabies sing along to the anthem. Credit: PA

David Nduwimana, a refugee from Burundi, gave one of the most memorable renditions of Advance Australia Fair that we've ever seen.

Nduwimana nailed every note and brought the fans inside ANZ Stadium to their feet.

The tear-jerking, spine-tingling rendition of the Australian national anthem well and truly set the standards for one of the most highly-anticipated trans-Tasman rugby games in recent history.

Nduwimana arrived in Australia in 2013 after fleeing the war torn and politically divided African country of Burundi.

And after a chance meeting with Rob Clarke back in 2016, Nduwimana struck up a friendship with the interim executive chairman of Rugby Australia.

It turns out the talented musician ended up moving in with Clarke and his family which is when he was finally granted his permanent residency.

"Rob was there through the ups and downs," Nduwimana told The Sydney Morning Herald.

The All Blacks also performed the haka. Credit: PA
The All Blacks also performed the haka. Credit: PA

"He's just holding you, giving hugs, giving some love. He saw me cry many times. He saw me when I couldn't do anything because you feel like you're in limbo and don't know what's happening. You miss your family and friends and people around you.

"But because you have someone holding your hand, you feel the future is assured and bright. You feel like you belong somewhere.

"He taught me so much about Australia, about how to do life as well as being kind and generous to people. I love him."

Unsurprisingly, Nduwimana's powerful voice saw him receive a standing ovation on the night.

And fans on social media also went nuts for him - many calling for the Australian government to make him a citizen.









Featured Image Credit: Twitter, Fox Sports Australia

Topics: New Zealand, Rugby, Rugby Australia, All Blacks, Wallabies, Rugby Union, Australia

Max Sherry
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