Wales rugby squad break into song in gesture of respect on Australia tour

Warren Gatland and his Wales squad have been warmly welcomed to Australia with the official greetings taking place ahead of their clash with the Wallabies this weekend.

Ahead of this month's tour series, which will see them play Joe Schmidt's side twice before taking on the Queensland Reds, the squad were welcomed by aboriginal education specialist Dean Duncan, who told them to "enjoy the atmosphere you will get from not just the rugby community but the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities".

Mr Duncan, who works with the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team, Australia's national indigenous rugby programme, then presented Gatland and Welsh captain Dewi Lake with traditional Aboriginal didgeridoos, which he described as a "peace offering". He told Lake: "Take that with you, it's a connection now between you and my country."

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It was then Lake's turn to address the hosts, as he led the squad in a traditional rendition of 'Calon Lân' before handing over a Welsh jersey to Mr Duncan. "Thank you for coming out and telling us your story and the history and inviting us to your country," he said.

"Obviously one of our traditions is to hand the jersey over and sing a traditional Welsh song called 'Calon Lân', so we'd like to present you with a jersey from us and then perform the song for you."

Players and coaches then broke into song, with their efforts applauded by those gathered on the pitch. And there was still time for Lake to grab a selfie with Mr Duncan as the session concluded, with the squad once again showing their gratitude to their hosts.

Wales' first clash with the Wallabies is in Sydney on Saturday (June 6), with their second showdown taking place in Melbourne a week later. Gatland's side are looking to end 55 years of hurt Down Under, having last won away against Australia way back in 1969.