Alun Wyn Jones Hadleigh Parkes column: Singing with Bryn Terfel and inspiring baby names

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Alun Wyn Jones Hadleigh Parkes column

World Cup warm-up: Wales v Ireland
Venue:Principality Stadium, CardiffDate:Saturday, 31 AugustKick-off:14:30 BST
Coverage:Live on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, BBC 5 Live Extra & BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary

In his latest BBC Sport column, Wales centre Hadleigh Parkes explains why the squad have been taking singing lessons from an operatic superstar – and how he’ll discover if he’s been selected in Wales World Cup squad on Sunday.

Whenever Wales travel for big tournaments or tours we’ve got a tradition of singing a Welsh song as a squad, and this year we’ve brought the big guns in.

We’ll be singing ‘Calon Lan’ and ‘Lawr ar Lan y Mor’ at the World Cup in Japan so, to help us get in tune, we’ve enlisted the help of world-renowned opera singer Sir Bryn Terfel.

Rhys Patchell, Alun Wyn Jones and Rob Evans are our choir leaders, so we’ve had a few practice sessions and this week it’s certainly gone up a level since Sir Bryn has got involved!

I’m a bit tone-deaf and, listening to the others, it sounds like a lot of us are. But what we lack in tunefulness we make up for with enthusiasm.

It’s good fun and the boys enjoy it. In the practices so far, Bradley Davies has really shone through and Leigh Halfpenny and Ken Owens back themselves.

It was Rhys Patchell who taught me how to sing the national anthem and Patch has been showing Sir Bryn around our base at the Vale of Glamorgan Resort. He’ll be at our team meeting and watching training, so it will be awesome to have him around.

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