In what many are seeing as a puzzling choice by team officials, the former Tory Secretary of State for Wales and current sitting member of parliament for Wokingham in Berkshire, John Redwood, has been booked to lead the singing of the Welsh national anthem at tomorrow’s’s Six Nations game against Italy in Cardiff.

The move comes after a particularly tuneless rendition of Land of My Fathers by the Welsh players was picked up by microphones at the start of the team’s recent England fixture at Twickenham.

Legendary singer and professional Welshman, Sir Tom Jones commented: ‘I was at the game and it was shocking. They were picked up by an open mic and could be heard over the stadium PA and I was embarrassed to tell you the truth. They were so shockingly bad that I would honestly have to question their Welsh credentials. I’ll tell you this. They made contestants I have to endure on The Voice sound almost half decent.’

Meanwhile Welsh Head Coach, Warren Gatland, speaking to BBC Sport following the announcement said: ‘Look, mate, I don’t know this Redwood fella but I’m told he used to be Secretary of State for Wales so he’s bound to be a top-notch guy. I mean let’s face it, even if he’s totally shit… it’s bound to be an improvement, isn’t it?”