Bye, bye, bye Delilah: Welsh rugby bans Tom Jones classic

Cardiff: A popular song by Tom Jones that has been a regular feature at Welsh sporting events will not be performed at the Six Nations tournament amid allegations of sexism, bullying and racism at the Welsh Rugby Union.

Delilah, which was first released in 1968, contains lyrics that are “problematic and upsetting to some supporters,” read a statement issued Wednesday on behalf of the WRU.

The song is about a jealous lover seeing a woman, Delilah, with another man. One line reads: “I crossed the street to her house and she opened the door; she stood there laughing, I felt the knife in my hand and she laughed no more.”

One of the 82-year-old Jones’ signature songs, it was also performed by the Welshman in the lead-up to the 2014 AFL grand final at the MCG.

It will not be sung by a male-voice choir before Wales’ match against Ireland in the Six Nations on Saturday or at future games. Wales also play at home against England in round three of the tournament.

Delilah will not feature on the playlist for choirs for rugby internationals at Principality Stadium,” read the statement from the venue. “The WRU removed the song from its half-time entertainment and music playlist during international matches in 2015.

Tom Jones performs at the Royal Albert Hall in 2018.Credit:AP

“Guest choirs have also more recently been requested not to feature the song during their pre-match performances and throughout games.

“The WRU condemns domestic violence of any kind.”

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