ENGLAND international Maro Itoje does not believe Swing Low, Sweet Chariot should be banned at Twickenham.
The Rugby Football Union are reviewing the popular anthem because of its association with slavery.
The song has been chanted by England fans at Twickenham for over three decades.
Itoje finds it “uncomfortable” that it was first introduced to celebrate the achievements of two black wingers – Martin Offiah and Chris Oti – in the 1980s.
But the Saracens star wants fans to be educated about the song’s origin – rather than have it banned.
He told the BBC: “The context in which it was originally sung was with African American individuals where they were singing it as a song to try and give them strength, give them hope.
“What maks me uncomfortable was its introduction with it being a song for Martin Offiah, with it being a sung for Chris Oti, which are obviously two black players who played the game at Twickenham.
“It’s a great opportunity to educate people about the context of that song.”
He added: “I’m not too sure if banning works because you can’t really regulate what comes out of people’s mouths but I think people should be educated about the background of the song and it will then be down to any individual if they want to sing it or not.”
Boris Johnson has also insisted Swing Low, Sweet Chariot should not be banned.
The Prime Minister told Sky News: “As for Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, nobody as far as I understand seems to know the words.”
But Prince Harry backed a move to ban the song in light of the Black Lives Matter movement.