Rory Best: “Northern Ireland’s Anthem isn’t all inclusive.”

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The former Ireland captain Rory Best was talking on a new UTV documentary Game of Two Halves’, that marks the 100th anniversary of the soccer split in Ireland, between the North and the Republic.

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“You could liken it to the way Irish rugby was pre-‘Ireland’s Call’,” he said about the Northern Ireland team using ‘God Save the Queen’ as their national anthem.

“For me, it’s potentially not the way an anthem should be. I understand that ‘God Save the Queen’ is Northern Ireland’s anthem because we’re part of the United Kingdom.

“It also always strikes a chord with me, that’s what you hear when you’re in Twickenham, and you’re getting ready to play England.

“You don’t want to say that you find it strange because it is the anthem of Northern Ireland.

“But in terms of everything that I’ve done in sport, it’s been about including people. It’s not very inclusive.”

Best also referenced Ireland’s Call 

“It could be the worst song in the world, but it’s about respect,” Best said about ‘Ireland’s Call.’

“It’s about making sure that no matter where you are from that there is a part of you in that song, there’s an area that you’re from in that song.

“And all that comes together to form Irish rugby.”

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