In a surprising twist, ex-Scotland coach Jim Tefler stands firm on his controversial view that Scotland ought to display maturity by ditching their national anthem.
Nevertheless, this Saturday will witness a proud rendition of “Flower of Scotland” as Scotland gears up for their much-anticipated Six Nations Calcutta Cup clash against England at Twickenham.
Tefler, despite his past role with the Scottish team, has once again emphasized his position on the anthem, a song that harks back to Scotland’s historic triumph over English forces at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.
“Back then [in 1990], it really got the crowd behind us, but I’d like to think we have moved on…” he told the Times.
“Flower of Scotland is a great song in a way and it does get the hairs on your neck straightening and standing up.
“But because it’s against another country, I still don’t think it’s the ideal anthem. People sing that song, sing about the English, and it’s just in the moment.”
“The Terminator” – 5 biggest and strongest rugby players in the 2023 Six Nations!
When these players get the ball, the spectators hold their breath. Capable of smashing their way through the toughest of defenders, these players are built for contact and are not afraid of a big collision.
With the 2023 Guinness Six Nations kicking off this weekend, here are the five most powerful Six Nations players to watch.
Andrew Porter – Ireland
With a reported squat personal best of a staggering 350 kg, Andrew Porter’s strength resembles an Olympic standard. Porter smashes the 275kg requirements for an elite-level squat for his size, demonstrating how truly powerful he is for a professional athlete.
The Leinster prop is a fearsome scrummager, capable of winning the ball against the run of play through the sheer force of his driving. Ireland’s resident powerhouse lines up in a frightening front row, along with Tadhg Furlong and Ronan Kelleher.
A dedicated Dubliner, Porter has made over 100 appearances for his hometown club Leinster, since his debut in 2016.
England have learned experience of the power of Porter, as the prop muscled his way over the line from close range, in the 2020 Six Nations. Porter’s international accolades are not limited to just Ireland, as he worked his way onto the 2021 British Lions tour to South Africa.