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Lions still mulling stadium anthems.

Byline: By TRYST WILLIAMS Western Mail

With just 48 hours to go, mystery surrounds the choice of anthems for the Lions' big rugby match in Cardiff.As the British and Irish Lions gear up for their first ever match on home soil - against Argentina on Monday - red-shirted fans were last night being kept in the dark about which anthems they would be asked to rise for.

As expected, it was yesterday confirmed that Argentina's stirring Himno Nacional Argentino will be blasted around the Millennium Stadium for the historic game.

But match organisers could not confirm which songs the Lions would be represented by.

Millennium Stadium manager Paul Sergeant said, 'I know we've got something for the Lions but I don't know what yet.

'The decision's being made over the weekend.'

If they do plump for an anthem, it will leave both organisers facing a thorny choice between God Save the Queen - which will be sure to alienate much of the Lions' celtic contingent - a stamina- sapping range of anthems to represent the four nations, Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau or a combination of the above.

The British and Irish Lions have traditionally not been represented by an anthem such as God Save The Queen because of Irish players' inclusion in the squad.

But a spokesman for the British and Irish Lions last night hinted the Welsh anthem could, after all, be on the cards to please the home crowd at the Millennium Stadium.

'In terms of anthems we will be confirming shortly the arrangements for anthems and we want to mark the occasion in an appropriate way.'
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Date:May 21, 2005
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