Rugby: Wallabies make history as first Australian team to sing the national anthem in Eora language

The Wallabies have been praised for singing a version of Australia's national anthem in the Eora language before their Tri Nations clash against Argentina.

Wiradjuri woman Olivia Fox led the players in singing 'Advance Australia Fair', first signing it in First Nations language and then English with an acoustic guitar playing in the background. 

Saturday's national anthem is the first time the joint-language song was performed at an international sporting event in Australia. 

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper said the players all learned the words to the indigenous version. 

The players also wore their indigenous jerseys for the match. 

"We were practising it during the week and we were very proud to have that opportunity to do it, and I think it sounded pretty good too," said Hooper.

"Wearing an indigenous jersey and singing that was great to be a part of."

Australia players sing the anthem.
Australia players sing the anthem. Photo credit: Getty

The gesture was widely praised on social media, described as "spine-tingling" and "classy".

Controversy has surrounded the Australian national anthem for some time with many people calling for it to be changed, saying it's not inclusive to Indigenous Australians.

Before a 2019 State of Origin rugby league match, 11 players - mostly indigenous - didn't sing 'Advance Australia Fair'. 

Despite the motivation from the anthem, the Wallabies could only manage a 16-16 draw against the Pumas.