Love for their respective Tigers “football” teams is what sparked a friendship between Auburn alumnus Rinkey Stanley, Jr. ‘02 and children’s musician Anthony Field.
Field, an Australian musician, actor and author, is a member of the children’s music group The Wiggles. Chances are if you’ve had a child sometime within the past 10 years, then you’d recognize him.
The Wiggles achieved worldwide success with their children’s albums, videos, television series and concert appearances.
Stanley said he and his family became huge fans of The Wiggles and Field through their 4-year-old son, Daniel. Stanley started to follow Field on Twitter, and it was here where Field’s persistent live tweeting of the Wests Tigers, a professional rugby league football club in Sydney, Australia, peaked Stanley’s interest in Rugby. Through Field’s tweets Stanley gained a new respect for the sport of Rugby. He began waking up at all hours of the night to watch the games live from Australia on his computer.
Stanley said he saw the passion that Field had for his Tigers and it reminded him of the similar passion he had for the Auburn Tigers.
At a concert for The Wiggles U.S. tour in 2012, Stanley and his family got a chance to meet Field and give him an Auburn Tigers t-shirt. Stanley shared with him the ‘War Eagle’ story and other Auburn University traditions.
Field instantly became a fan of the Auburn Tigers, and he has since been seen tweeting ‘War Eagle’ to Stanley and various others.
The phrase “War Eagle” has bonded Field with the Stanley family and Auburn supporters all over the world.
It’s great to be an Auburn Tiger!