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We may be miserable failures at most sports when it comes to competing at an international level but one discipline where England, Ireland, Wales and, yes, even Scotland rule the world is chanting.
Whether it’s accusing an opposing player of being homosexual, accusing the opposing player’s son of being homosexual, or describing anal sex with an opposing player’s wife, we’re truly world beaters in the terrace-singing stakes.
So we were pleased to hear that the soon-to-be beaten British and Irish Lions have taken a leaf out of the fans’ book by practising singing in the build-up to their clashes with the All Blacks.
Nightly choir practice has been a feature of the training camps, with four songs in the mix –┬áJerusalem for England, The Fields of Athenry for Ireland, Highland Cathedral for Scotland and Calon Lan for Wales.
So at least when they get battered, they’ll go down singing.
Watch the Lions tour at the Palace Hotel Sydney