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RugbyU: Sun marks England rugby success in rousing style

For any French fans who were near the England team hotel in Paris Sunday it was the final insult after their team's World Cup semi-final loss against the champions.

other Updated: Oct 14, 2007 19:19 IST

For any French fans who were near the England team hotel in Paris Sunday it was the final insult after their team's World Cup semi-final loss against the champions - the sound of 'Land of Hope and Glory' being played at full blast from an open top-bus bedecked in the red and white logo of the 'Sun', Britain's biggest daily selling newspaper.

Copies of the paper's Saturday's special wrap-around edition - it doesn't print on a Sunday - bearing the headline 'Ayez Peur, tres peur ('Be afraid, be very afraid) which had been distributed on the streets of Paris on the morning of England's 14-9 win at the Stade de France, were then delivered to the hotel.

However, the players were not there to receive them as they were going for a swim at a nearby pool - something that forms part of their standard 'recovery' process on the morning after a match.

Often described as the unofficial national anthem of England, 'Land of Hope and Glory' is a patriotic song set to the tune of the 'Pomp and Circumstance March' by British composer Sir Edward Elgar, who died in 1934.

It is traditionally played on the last night of the annual series of 'Prom' concerts held at London's Royal Albert Hall.

However, the words to a tune now associated with unrestrained praise of the British Empire were added later by AC Benson.

England, bidding to become the first team to win back-to-back World Cups in the tournament's 20-year history, will face either Argentina or South Africa in this coming Saturday's final at the Stade de France.