Jack Conan Has Been Tasked With Teaching The Lions An Irish Song – And It’s An Absolute Cracker
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Craic agus ceol.
It’s become a bit of a tradition on Lions tours to have a member of each of the four nations put forward a song that is indigenous to their country – and this year’s tour is no different.
A good sing-song is absolutely vital on any tour and an excellent way to bring a squad together as we all know. And the Lions don’t have much time to gel ahead of their first Test against the Springboks, so anything they can do to aid that will be massive.
The players have been hard at it on the training pitch for the last two weeks now as they get set for their first game against Japan in Murrayfield but how they spend their time off the pitch is just as important as they look to build trust and bond with each other.
So far they’ve got a FIFA tournament going, played a bit of golf, done some paddle boarding and boat trips – and even gone on some history trails.
“I think they’ve arranged a FIFA championship. I walked in yesterday and Josh Adams was winning quite easily against Ali Price and Toby Faletau! That’s what was arranged on their day off,” Lions assistant coach Gregor Townsend told us.
“They’ve been quite active on their days off, playing golf, boat trips, some history trails. They’ve made the most of this wonderful place we’re staying in.”
But we all know the best bonds are built on a night out with a few songs and the Lions have made sure of that by belting out an absolute cracker of an Irish song in The Wild Rover, thanks to Jack Conan who was tasked with picking Ireland’s entry.
Last time round in New Zealand, Robbie Henshaw had the squad belting out The Fields of Athenry and we’re hoping they can do The Wild Rover justice too.
“We’ve had a couple of really good nights too together – and there’s been a lot of singing,” Townsend said.
“We’ve got four songs, each country had to nominate a song from their country.
“We’ve [Scotland] got Loch Lomond, Zander Fagerson was in charge of us. Wyn Jones [picked] Calon Lan [for Wales], hope I’ve pronounced that right!
“You’ll Never Walk Alone was Courtney Lawes contribution from the England squad, and Jack Conan was in charge of Ireland’s pick, which was The Wild Rover – we’ve sung that a few times already.”
But Lions scrumhalf Conor Murray isn’t too sure about Conan’s singing ability. Apparently, it needs a bit of work!
“I wouldn’t say sung – he attempted to sing it! But we’re getting there!” Murray said with a smile.