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“Jos Buttler will be Rugby League captain” – How social media reacted to Nadine Dorries’ Rugby League World Cup blunder including Harry Potter, Roy of the Rovers and Leeds Rhinos

Yesterday, you might have heard about a little blunder at a Rugby League World Cup event in St Helens.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries was promoting the event which is due to take place this autumn in the UK but confused the rugby codes saying she’s always “liked the idea of rugby league” but that he favourite memory of the game was “that 2003 drop goal” meaning Jonny Wilkinson winning drop goal in the 2003 Rugby Union World Cup Final ironically on the same day Great Britain were defeated by Australia in Rugby League in the Ashes.

The incident of course caused quite a stir with many making light of the mistake with jokes galore, whilst some were infuriated.

However, it has helped promote the event with both rugby league and the Rugby League World Cup ending up on the trending page on twitter with over 20 thousands tweets about the subjects posted.

We thought we’d bring you the best of them starting with some of the hilarious tweets making light of her mistake. Harry Potter even made an appearance.

Even some Super League clubs got involved including Leeds Rhinos who chose to remember a different drop goal from 2003.

There were some who pointed out that it may actually help the event by bringing more attention to it.

In fact, in our poll over 40% of people said they believed it was good for the World Cup.

After the incident, Ralph Rimmer said there was no use dwelling on it and some agreed believing the sport should simply ride the wave.

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