ICELANDS’s iconic Viking chant which was made famous during football’s Euro 2016 is set to invade the Ricoh Arena this weekend to help cheer Wasps on to victory.
Club mascot Sting and the Wasps drummers will be leading a rendition to supporters as they greet the Wasps team ahead of their Aviva Premiership clash with Bristol on Sunday.
The Icelandic chant, otherwise known as the ‘Huh’, is believed to come from the Viking era and was used as a war cry to terrify their opponents, while others claim that the chant originates from Scottish Premiership football side Motherwell.
It shot to prominence during the Euro 2016 football tournament in France in the summer as Iceland surprised the world by advancing past England in the knock-out phases.
Not it is making its way into rugby and supporters are being urged to make their way to the players’ entrance at 1pm to greet the teams with the chant.
“The players have regularly told us that arriving to a sea of black and gold has them buzzing ahead of a game, knowing that so many people want them to do well,” said Martin Fallon, marketing manager at Wasps.
“It’s also a highlight of the day for hundreds of fans as they get a chance to get up close to many of their heroes, so to make the Bristol pre-match build-up extra special and keep our strong home form going, our club mascot Sting suggested we introduce the Icelandic clap.
“Everyone saw the special scenes between Iceland’s players and fans during and after Iceland’s famous win over England, and we’re hoping to generate a similar type of rapport between our players and supporters not just for the Bristol game, but for the rest of the season as well.
“The chant is all about getting the right rhythm and timing, so Sting has spent a lot of time this week practising with our drummers to make sure it’s spot on. We’d urge as many people as possible to get along and practice the chant, so that when the time comes during the game, we’re all ready to help the boys get over the line with another victory.”
Elsewhere on the day, the Godiva Academy of Performing Arts will be forming a guard of honour to welcome the players onto the pitch before performing the Wasps Wiggle.
A win for Wasps on Sunday would be their 11th sraight home win in all competitions, having not seen defeat at home since December 2015.