Footy fans have been slammed for ruining a tribute to servicemen and women before kick-off in Origin 2, being played on Remembrance Day.
Some supporters at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium broke out into cheers and then jeers during the playing of The Last Post, and the noise reached a crescendo when Blues coach Brad Fittler was shown on the big screen.
General Sir Peter Cosgrove read the Ode of Remembrance on a day where we reflect on the end of WWI, before The Last Post was played.
Many of the spectators in attendance broke out in applause midway through The Last Post, not realising there was more to come, when they should have remained silent.
Many on social media were quick to hit out at the Sydney crowd.
Then came the national anthem, which saw some players refuse to sing in protest.
Queensland centre Dane Gagai and NSW stars Cody Walker, Josh Addo-Carr, Jack Wighton and Payne Haas remained silent as Advance Australia Fair rang out around the stadium.
Their boycott comes after multiple players boycotted the anthem before Game 1 in Adelaide last week.
The NRL was initially planning not to play the anthem during this year’s Origin series, but backflipped because of public backlash, led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who said the tune would unite Australians who have endured a tough 2020.
Speaking on former NRL player Denan Kemp’s podcast Bloke In A Bar earlier this month, Souths fullback Latrell Mitchell, who missed much of the second half of this season with injury, explained his protest of Advance Australia Fair, saying the line “our home is girt by sea” is particularly difficult for him to accept.
“If you’re going to say nobody was here when you discovered it, then where were we?” Mitchell asked.
NSW dominated Game 2, romping to a 34-10 win and sending the series to a decider.