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Back in 2017, Robbie Henshaw was given a cultural role with the British and Irish Lions team with the goal being to inject a bit of Irishness into the touring side with some sing songs and a bit of craic.
For this year’s tour, he plans on handing that role over to another one of his Irish teammates but he’s still got some big plans to keep the players entertained while they’re in South Africa.
Henshaw is an accomplished musician, playing the accordion at a number of events, and he’s got plans to start a British and Irish Lions band while on tour.
The Ireland and Leinster centre has already organised a couple of guitars and a bodhrán and has lined up Wales prop Wyn Jones and fellow Irishman Tadhg Furlong as potential band members.
“I’m actually seeking out who else plays the guitar,” Henshaw told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Rugby Union Weekley podcast.
“Some of the Welsh lads were saying that Wyn Jones is actually decent on the guitar. I’ll be putting pressure on Tadhg Furlong to belt out a couple of tunes as well.
“I’ve asked Gemma, the administration girl, she’s going to sort out a bodhrán and a couple of guitars. We’ll get some sort of a session going. That’ll be one thing.”
“I think there’s going to be an entertainment group.
“The days off are going to be huge in terms of what we can do within the hotel, and outside the hotel, if we’re allowed.
“There’s going to be a few lads out on the sun loungers on Wednesday because the sun is pretty intense here. I’d say the lads are going to be topping up their tans and getting rid of their farmers’ tans.”