An overwhelming response to an article on the site celebrating the birth of one of Australia’s greatest rugby players has left some fans in tears.
The article, which appeared in the Sunday Mail, was penned by an American who was born in Brisbane but moved to Australia for school in 1996.
It was published on the website’s Facebook page in April, just before the birth anniversary of Australian and Kiwi international Anthony Faingaa.
“It’s a big cake,” the American told the Mail on Sunday.
“When it’s my birthday, I’m always thinking about the team, what I’ve been able to do, and the things I’ve seen that other people have achieved.”
The idea of making a cake that is the same as my team and the same is just amazing.
“He added: “To me, this is not a cake, it’s an opportunity to do something special for someone special.
“The article’s headline, ‘HUGE, HUGE Birthday Cake’ is also shared by more than 1,000 Australians and was shared more than 50,000 times on Facebook.
It includes a photograph of a cake of the Wallabies star on the back, but many Australians were upset by the choice of words.”
I’m really upset about it, I feel it’s disrespectful to all the Australians that have grown up here and the Australians here in New Zealand,” a post from Queensland’s Kowarama said.”
You can’t just come and put your own personal agenda on the cake.
“But the Wallaby’s manager Paul Hickey defended the article.”
This is a very special day for all the kids,” he told News Corp Australia.”
They will see it on the news and they’ll go ‘What a good day for a cake’.
“Mr Hickey said he had not spoken to the Americans involved in the article, but that they were proud of their contribution.”
We’re proud of all the players that have played here and we are proud of the way they have come together as a team to deliver for this great country,” he said.
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