Rugby World Cup 2019: Singing anthems before tests ‘too emotional’, says Ireland captain Rory Best

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Ireland captain Rory Best, left, remains mute during the national anthems while prop Jack McGrath sings.

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Ireland captain Rory Best, left, remains mute during the national anthems while prop Jack McGrath sings.

Armchair punters often deride test rugby players for not singing the national anthem but Ireland captain Rory Best says there’s a good reason why some stay mum.

The 36-year-old hooker – who has played 116 tests since 2005 – says he isn’t able to singIreland’s Callbecause it makes him too emotional.

Best learned the lesson as a schoolboy international, saying “belting out” the anthem got him too pumped up and affected his lineout throwing.

“You get so emotionally charged for it,” the Ulster stalwart told Irish broadcaster Darren Cave onThe Rugby Pod.

Rory Best says throwing to the lineout is so important that he cannot afford to get too pumped up by singing Ireland's national anthem.

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Rory Best says throwing to the lineout is so important that he cannot afford to get too pumped up by singing Ireland’s national anthem.

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