Rugby league fans react to Hunslet’s move to ditch ‘Hawks’ tag after 21 years

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Fans have been reacting to the news that Hunslet Hawks will play under a new name next season.

The club, which plays at the South Leeds Stadium in Beeston, will ditch the ‘Hawks’ tag and be rebranded as Hunslet Rugby League Football Club.

An online and physical poll of supporters of the Kingstone Press League One side saw 83 per cent of those taking part vote in favour of the new name.

Hunslet adopted the Hawks name when rugby league switched to summer two decades ago.

Following the recent poll, Hunslet have invited fans to vote for a new club crest but those wanting to play a part can only do so in person at the final home game of the season against Toulouse on Saturday September 3.

General manager Martin Flynn said the turnout of the renaming vote “underlined the passion our supporters have for this great club”.

He continued: “The result of the vote has shown that overwhelmingly our fans, across all generations, wish the club to be called Hunslet RLFC.”

Rugby league fans have been having their say since the news broke online today.

Stefan Dawson wrote on Facebook: “It will make no difference if we are Hawks or not I’ll always be Hunslet forever.”

Whereas Bradford Bulls fan Chris wrote on Twitter: “Hunslet RLFC. Wow, revolutionary name change.”

Highlighting the vote on the new crest, Neil Raftery wrote on Facebook: “Ridiculous. If you’ve voted on the name change then you should be able to vote on the new crest.

“Not everyone will be able to make it to the Toulouse game.”

Hunslet Rugby Club was formed when local teams Albion and Excelsior joined together in 1883. It adopted the Hawks tag in 1995.

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