Six Nations: Peter O’Mahony can’t help but chuckle at BOTCHED Ireland’s call rendition
Flanker Peter O’Mahony couldn’t help but chuckle at the botched rendition of Ireland’s Call ahead of the Six Nations clash against Italy on Saturday.
Things got off to a slow start in Rome on Saturday with a down-tempo rendition of the song used as the national anthem of Ireland.
Usually, an upbeat song belted out before rugby matches, but the instrumental band in Italy was well off pace.
As the camera’s panned across the players, O’Mahony was pictured sporting a slight smirk as he attempted to sing along with the pace set by the band.
Fans on Twitter were quick to see the funny side of what was unfolding, with many suggesting that the ploy was deliberate.
“Love the half-grin from POM at the deliberate slowing down of Ireland’s Call.” Tim O’Connor tweeted.
“The Italian band playing ‘Ireland’s Call’ too slowly is exactly the type of sporting sh*thousery I love #ITAvIRE”, Aidan Curran tweeted.
“If Italy can slow Ireland down as much as they have Ireland’s Call, they might have a chance #ITAvIRE”, Graham Love added.
Some even dubbed the version as “Ireland’s Crawl.”
Even Irish tv channel RTE got in on the fun, tweeting: “It’s Ireland’s Call, but not as we know it. After an *ahem* interesting down-tempo rendition in Rome the action is underway.”
The general feeling of the rendition was quite clear, though; this was the worst Ireland’s Call ever.
“Worst Ireland’s Call ever haha f**k #ITAvIRE,” tweeted Three Red Kings.
“Surely one of the worst renditions of Ireland’s Call ever!” added Irish Independent writer Cian Tracey.
The internet always delivers, and one account quickly released a parody of the “behind the scenes” of the band.
Watch the full rendition below:
In the end, it had little impact on the match as Ireland still went on to secure a 20-34 victory over Italy and keep their hopes of a Grand Slam alive.
James Ryan dotted down just three minutes into the match, shortly after the TMO denied James Lowe a try. Further scores from Hugo Keenan, Bundee Aki and Mack Hansen saw Ireland lead 17-24 at the break.
Hansen completed his brace in the second half, with Ross Byrne adding the conversion and a penalty to see Ireland to a 20-34 win.
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