AUSTRALIA – Australian sport fans have created a new hashtag to show their support for their country’s national rugby league team and their support of the game in general.
The hashtag #goanareafans has been trending on Twitter and Instagram in recent weeks.
“We can’t get over how much rugby league is loved here in Australia,” a tweet from the rugby league group Queensland Rugby League said on Sunday.
The group added: “The @QRL_RLPA and the @QFL_RL are our team mates, we support them and the game.
We’re all Australian, we love the game and we’re all going to do everything we can to make it even better for all of us.”
The hashtag also received support from Australia’s cricket team and rugby league players.
One Queensland Rugby Club player said on Twitter: “Go Australian fans.
We have a lot of passion for the game.”
Queensland Rugby League chief executive John Worsfold said the team was not aware of the popularity of the hashtag.
“We don’t know the cause but we know the reasons,” he said.
“If we want to be successful we need to be able to get out there and play.”
So if people are going to get into it and we have to say ‘stop’ then it’s probably a bit of a stretch to say it’s just the team’s way of saying ‘stop’.
“Read more:Australian rugby league player says his favourite team is the Queensland Reds”The Australian Rugby League is very proud to be part of the Queensland team and we will continue to support the club’s efforts to win promotion to the A-League next season,” the QueenslandRL said.
Queenslanders Rugby League chairman John Walshe said the hashtag was being used for the right reasons.”
People can use it to express support for our players and we also want to make sure people understand that it’s not an attack on our players or the team,” he told News Corp. Topics:rugby-league,rugby,nrl,soccer,australia,nsw,canberra-2600,act,aurn,york-2640,newcastle-2300,newborn-2121,newport-3158,port-augusta-2480,yongdei-2420,tas,qld,brisbane-4000,vic,perth-6000More stories from Queensland