20 Sep 2011

Scottish support for overturning bagpipes ban

6:54 pm on 20 September 2011

The Scottish government is reported to be attempting to overturn a ban on the bagpipes at the Rugby World Cup.

The unique sound of the Scottish instrument is frequently heard before Edinburgh matches at Murrayfield but it has been missing in New Zealand due to the tournament organisers' decision to ban musical instruments from all venues.

The Daily Record reports the government has written to organisers asking for the ban to be overturned in time for the team's final Pool B game against England on 1 October.

Scotland kicking coach Duncan Hodge says it is inspiring to hear the sound of bagpipes during warm-ups.

Scottish supporters have also started a campaign on social media website Facebook to get the ban lifted.

Meanwhile, one France fan has fallen foul of the rule on bringing animals into stadiums, Reuters reports.

Releasing a cockerel inside venues before matches is a common sight in France, but one supporter had his rooster taken from him by police as he tried to smuggle it into McLean Park before Sunday's victory over Canada in Napier.

Along with animals and musical instruments, organisers have also banned flags with poles longer than 800 millimetres, car parts and vuvuzelas - the noisy plastic horns that droned ceaselessly during matches at soccer's World Cup last year.