Moment Scotland star reduced to tears during Rugby World Cup as children’s choir sings anthem

SCOTLAND started its Rugby World Cup with its toughest opening game against current defending champions South Africa.

And the intensive preparation before the game was too much for one of the team’s stars in another way, as he cried when he heard the national anthem.

Scotland's players sing the national anthem before the game against South Africa


Scotland’s players sing the national anthem before the game against South AfricaPhoto credit: AFP
It was an emotional moment for Grant Gilchrist


It was an emotional moment for Grant Gilchrist

Scotland belong to what is commonly referred to as the group of Death for the tournament in France.

Gregor Townsend’s side were not only drawn alongside the Springboks, but also Ireland (No. 1 in the world and winner of a Six Nations Grand Slam), Tonga and Romania.

It will take a huge effort to reach the knockout stages but there is a belief in the Scotland camp that it will happen Men in the dark Blue may Spring a surprise.

In the run-up to kick-off for this year’s tournament a ChildrenThe choir performed each team’s national anthem with the players To sing along with.

When the Flower of Scotland sounded at the Stade Velodrome MarseillesGrant Gilchrist could be seen tearing up with emotion.

Commentator Andrew Cotter noted on the BBC: “Grant Gilchrist is moved to tears.”

The game was the experienced Scottish lock’s 66th appearance for his country.

Gilchrist, 33, played for Edinburgh He played at club level for the duration of his professional career and was selected for the Scotland squad in both the 2015 and 2019 editions World Championship.

At the time of writing, South Africa were leading Scotland 18-3.

Before the Competition has started the Scottish national team Instagram posted a throwback photo showing two members of the force star Players look remarkably different.

In the picture, Richie Gray is seen meeting a young Ollie Smith. There are eleven years between the two players, with Gray now a senior member of the squad and Smith an up-and-coming player.

It’s also been a turbulent week for scrum-half Ali Price as he and his partner announced they are expecting a baby.

He and the other half Annie revealed this News Just 24 hours before the tournament starts on Friday.

Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers on the Scottish Sun football page

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