2019 Rugby World Cup TV Coverage Who will be providing punditry from Japan as… Collapse Held in Japan for the first time, make… Expand Belting it out: Bryn Terfel and Shirley Bassey sing World in Union in 1999 (Getty Images) Just to be the best I canThat’s the goal for every manIf I win, lose or drawIt’s a victory for allIt’s the world in unionThe world as oneAs we climb to reach our destinyA new age has begunIt’s the worldThe world in unionA new age has begunThe song was used at the 1991 event. PJ Powers and Ladysmith Black Mambazo produced a version in 1995. In 1999 Shirley Bassey and Bryn Terfel put their spin on things, Hayley Westenra recorded one in 2011 and in 2015 Paloma Faith sang a version that was used on ITV’s coverage of the Rugby World Cup.The Faith number was not well received and during that tournament a petition to replace the singer’s version received over 10,000 signatures.For the 2019 Rugby World Cup, the official song was recorded by Japanese singer Kiyoe Yoshioka. Also, in the UK, a specially-recorded version by Emeli Sande will be used as ITV’s theme music for coverage of the event. History Of The Rugby World Cup Anthem World In UnionThe anthem World in Union was first heard at the 1991 Rugby World Cup, held in England. In this first instance it was performed by New Zealand soprano Kiri Te Kanawa.The melody used is known as Thaxted – it is taken from the central section of Jupiter, a movement from Gustav Holst’s orchestral suite The Planets, but is probably best known for it’s use in the hymn I Vow To Thee My Country. In 1991 composer and lyricist Charlie Skarbek was commissioned by World Rugby (then the International Rugby Football Board (IRFB)) to produce an anthem that encapsulated the spirit and values of the game.Skarbek’s lyrics for the song are: Who Are ITV’s Rugby World Cup Pundits? Who Are ITV’s Rugby World Cup Pundits? 2019 Rugby World Cup TV Coverage Expand LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Rugby World Cup Fixtures 2023 There’s a dream, I feelSo rare, so realAll the world in unionThe world as oneGathering togetherOne mind, one heartEvery creed, every colourOnce joined, never apartSearching for the best in meI will find what I can beIf I win, lose or drawIt’s a victory for allIt’s the world in unionThe world as oneAs we climb to reach our destinyA new age has begunWe may face high mountainsMust cross rough seasWe must take our place in historyAnd live with dignity Rugby World Cup Fixtures The 2023 Rugby World… Make sure you know about the Rugby World Cup Groups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links. All you need to know about the World Cup theme Rugby World Cup Fixtures 2023 Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.