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Video: Seamus Coleman and Robbie Henshaw sang VERY different initiation songs with Ireland Newdesk

Published 12/06/2015 | 18:48

Seamus Colemand and Robbie Henshaw in conversation
Seamus Colemand and Robbie Henshaw in conversation

A common custom between the Irish football players and rugby players is that new caps must sing a song in front of the entire squad.

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I'm sure the act comes a lot easier to some players than to others and similar songs may tend to emerge.

Two of Ireland's leading sportstars, Seamus Coleman and Robbie Henshaw, have revealed their selections... one is an Irish classic and the other is a cult hip-hop song from the 90s.

"After you get your first cap you have to sing at the top of the bus," Henshaw explains.

"If you sing badly... put it this way, you won't be let back on the bus. You'll be kicked off the bus."

Reflecting on his experience, Coleman said: "It was horrible, I remember you have to sing at dinner time and you're waiting for the tap on the shoulder from Robbie Keane to say 'you're singing tonight', and I was up in my room practising it... I sang the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, it went down well.

Henshaw: "The song I sang first was Galway Girl so I kept it local."

Coleman and Henshaw discuss playing for Ireland, their sporting heroes, their diet and their future sporting aspirations. Speaking about the experiences that helped shape their careers Everton star, Coleman, said “Gaelic (football) training really helped me a lot when I went over first (to England). The never say die, and working your socks off for your teammates, helped me and I’m not sure about you (to Henshaw), but I’d like to go back and play sometime; maybe when I’m finished.”

It quickly emerged both players shared similar approaches to their sports, in spite of the differing cultures associated with their respective codes. On the subject of diet, Coleman was pleased to discover that his guilty pleasure of a post-game takeaway was matched by Henshaw. When pushed by Coleman, Henshaw admitted, “After a game, I’d always have a guilty pleasure of having a pizza. I’d keep it standard with a bit of chicken, onion and some sweet corn maybe.”

Watch the boys in conversation below:

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