The Irish team's choice of anthem today was as unifying as their victory
United: Rugby World Cup Day Twenty Three
Ireland 47-5 Samoa
Today’s win sent Ireland through to their seventh quarter final in nine World Cups. It was all the more impressive considering they played over 50 minutes a man short after Bundee Aki's first half sending off, but for some fans the team’s choice of pre-match anthem was almost as important as their performance.
Although The Soldier’s Song is the official national anthem of the Irish Republic, the squad are singing Ireland’s Call at this World Cup. It was written in 1995 with the intention of bringing the country together regardless of political or religious beliefs. It celebrates “the four proud provinces of Ireland”, referring to the island’s historic division into Leinster, Ulster, Munster and Connaught, each of which was ruled by a King. The anthem and the team exist to unite north and south, and today’s result gave 4.9 million people of all denominations and beliefs something to celebrate. With the country’s border currently a bargaining chip in Brexit negotiations, this clear statement of inclusiveness could not have been more timely.
DID YOU KNOW?
Each of Ireland’s four historic provinces has its own coat of arms and they are often combined as an emblem for Irish sports teams, including both the national rugby union and rugby league teams.
Ireland (26) 47
Tries: Best, Furlong, Sexton (2), Larmour, Stander, Conway
Cons: Sexton (4), Carbery (2)
Samoa (5) 5
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