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Steve Waugh calls for apology from Qld Origin players

Staff Writers, Yahoo!7 October 19, 2012, 11:04 am

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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  1. maximus11:13am Monday 22nd October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    no wonder queenslanders are like they are when they have idiot supporters like mick d aye yippeee aye takes a lot of intelligence to sing those words mick , but then again you probably could'nt remember them cos you would have trouble spelling acdc

  2. Ric11:48pm Saturday 20th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    It is a shame that the Queensland players who sand that 'song' after a test match...do not have the nous to realise the difference between representing their state and their country.

  3. norm11:09pm Saturday 20th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    you all miss the point we are aussies so get a life and lets back to the next world cup and sing loud

  4. Belki08:20pm Saturday 20th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Its stuffed anyway

  5. John02:55pm Saturday 20th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    The problem here is the different views of Rugby League to be found in Qld and NSW. The northerners can't understand that the Sydney-siders would be in such need of a sporting hero that they would choose a drug user who shone behind the Qld Origin pack rather than against it ahead of Mal Meninga as an "immortal", while the southerners don't seem to understand that Queenslanders don't need pronouncements by Alan Jones to have an opinion on anything.

  6. boneyardbob11:17am Saturday 20th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    By the comments so far, the bananbenders are all related! Good on you Waltons! If you all get out of the Walton's house and travel a bit, just maybe you might join the rest of society and look beyond the colour maroon. also you may have to wear shoes!

  7. Michael09:38am Saturday 20th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Steve, I have the greatest admiration for you, and oh how I wish you were still Australia's captain, but you are way out of line here. Australian cricket has more than enough problems to occupy your time without jumping in to support whinging NSW Origin players, none of whom are fit to tie your boots anyway.

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  8. Mick D08:20am Saturday 20th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    ONCE MORE BOYS! Just in ase the LOSERS missed it!...All together now..1..2..3..."Aye..yay..yippiee..."

  9. Mick D08:18am Saturday 20th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Without Queensland and New Zealand players...NRL would be stuffed! SING IT AGAIN BOYS!!!!

  10. Mick D08:15am Saturday 20th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    SING IT AGAIN BOYS!!!...Once more to RUB IT IN!!!!