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NSW consider women’s anthem for team song

By AAP Newswire

Brad Fittler's search for a NSW victory anthem could soon be over with the Blues considering adopting the NSW women's team song.

There were a few confused looks inside the Blues dressing room after their State of Origin series-clinching game two victory with the side having no official team song.

Players belted out 'Whatever It Takes' by band Imagine Dragons, which has been used as a rev-up tune by coach Fittler since taking over this year.

During their reign of domination, the Maroons have celebrated their many victories with a rendition of 'Aye Aye Yipee' however the Blues have never had an equivalent.

Previous coach Laurie Daley tried to institute a team song but could never find the right set of words and Fittler put it on the agenda when he took over.

NSWRL general manager of football BJ Mather said he had approached Blues assistant coach Danny Buderus with the lyrics of the NSW women's team song after they wrapped up their third straight win over Queensland last month.

"It does seem a bit weird that they play for their clubs and sing when they win," Mather said.

"But when we win the series, the guys have nothing to celebrate with."

While the Blues are examining using the women's team song, there is a sticking point - the blue lyrical content.

The women's song features numerous expletives and the lyrics would have to be re-worked considering cameras are allowed in the Blues dressing rooms and victory songs are often filmed and broadcast.

"I remember the first time in 17 years the (NSW women) won, they had the song and everything and there's a few swear words in there," Mather said.

"And one of our board members, Deborah Healey, she was a bit shocked hearing 17 women swearing at the top of their heads."

NSW women's coach Ben Cross politely declined to reveal the lyrics of the team song, saying it was something he hoped to keep within the team.

The song was written by several of the players after Cross realised the side didn't have something to celebrate with after a win.

"It originated in 2016, the girls went into camp before he won for the very first time (after 17 straight Queensland wins)," Cross said.

"I don't know whether we were jumping the gun a little bit but I thought if we do happen to win, let's have a team song.

"Thankfully we've won the last three years and the girls are starting to remember it pretty clearly. Hopefully we get to do it a lot more."