Former Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh has condemned the actions of Queensland players who sang the Maroons song after winning their Test match against New Zealand, reports News Ltd.
"If it in fact happened, someone should apologise," said the legendary cricketer.
"Maybe it was an honest mistake but it was strange.
"It was inappropriate for sure."
It was an event that Waugh says he would never have let happen in the Australian cricket team’s dressing room while he was captain.
Led by Queensland Origin and Kangaroos captain Cameron Smith, the impromptu ditty was joyfully sung on the field post-match.
But not everyone was so keen on singing the Maroons’ victory tune.
There was an obvious look of discomfort from players who donned the sky blue jersey, such as Paul Gallen, and Josh and Brett Morris as Smith, Cooper Cronk, Billy Slater and a host of other Queensland players sang the “Aye aye yippee yippee aye” chant.
NSW Origin stars James Tamou and Robbie Farah however were seen half-heartedly joining the chorus.
By singing the Queensland song in the green and gold, it is believed an already large rift in the Australian squad, has grown wider, and split the team aiming to reclaim the Rugby League World Cup from New Zealand next year.
Waugh joins other sporting greats Simon Poidevin, Tommy Raudonikis and Benny Elias who have also hit out at the Queensland players.
"In hindsight, I think we are all disappointed it happened," said John Grant, head of the Australian Rugby League Commission.Grant says the ARLC has no intention of punishing any of the players involved in the gaffe.
"I was in the dressing room when it was sung and I didn't notice any player having an issue," he said.
NSW captain Paul Gallen told reporters he didn’t take kindly to the song being sung.
"We did notice it and mentioned it, but I certainly didn't sing it."
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