I think there’s only one appropriate song for the English Rugby team after the 33-13 loss to the Aussies and its this.
So far as I know its the only rock song to mention rugby** specifically, and the lines
Back in the scrum
On a wet afternoon
Down in the mud
Dreaming of flowers in June…
…seem very right for today.
From the Kinks, mid-1960s. A fairly obscure, if rather lovely, album track. Apparently Ray Davies wrote this the same time he wrote the hit ‘Sunny Afternoon’ – after a complete mental crack up when he’d shoved his money in his sock, run down Denmark Street in London and tried to assault his manager, which strikes me as a marvellously Goon-ish way to behave.
**UPDATE: Keir Leslie has pointed out to me, on Twitter, there’s also the Jam’s ‘Eton Rifles’. Can’t believe I’d forgotten that one – much more my era than this one, and besides, I’ve only recently bought the remastered ‘Setting Sons’.