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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,
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.
Turns out the best on ground for the @wallabies didn't even play :bangbang:
How good was David Nduwimana's rendition of the anthem :interrobang:
Read his story :point_right: https://t.co/UeGP7GjMoY pic.twitter.com/kPRFo02lyg
- Fox Rugby (@FOXRUGBY) October 31, 2020
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.
"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.
"Rob was there through the ups and down. 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."
Meet David Nduwimana. https://t.co/yi3KUg1Dcc
- Tom Decent (@tomdecent) October 30, 2020
We win the anthem go Burundi :flag_au: :rugby_football: give him a passport!- Sarah Ferguson (@FergusonNews) October 31, 2020
Burundi to Bledisloe: The former African refugee who'll sing Australia's anthem at Bledisloe III.
When David Nduwimana arrived in Australia seven years ago he had an economics degree, little more than a guitar on his back and didn't know a single person.. https://t.co/VEcd9z6mo7
- African Australian (@AfricanAU) October 31, 2020
Rugby fans are hailing David Nduwimana's rendition of the Australian national anthem prior to Saturday night's Bledisloe Cup match as "the best ever". pic.twitter.com/p2bR5RRaAL
- African Australian (@AfricanAU) November 1, 2020
Burundian Gospel singer David NDUWIMANA:flag_bi: singing the Australia:flag_au: National hymn within the rugby match opposed Australia:flag_au: against New Zeeland:flag_nz:....keep making us so proud Dave:pray: remain blessed.:innocent:#ThisIsAHugePrideToBurundi:flag_bi: pic.twitter.com/dk6OX5Oqex
- Arthur Uwimana (@ArthurUwimana) October 31, 2020
"I told the family that adopted me, my church community and the people around me that I love the song. The dynamic and the words are just fabulous. I was asked to share a demo of the song when I was picked. Then I got the opportunity!", David NDUWIMANA
#BledisloeCup #Burundi pic.twitter.com/jS0ZsAykV6
- AKEZA Burundi (@akezanet) November 1, 2020
Oh my. Just beautiful. I loved it. David Nduwimana - you are a singing super star! https://t.co/sEtRD4GNJm
- Alison Chartres (@AusHCKenya) November 1, 2020
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