The Qantas Wallabies have marked NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee) Week by revealing an Indigenous jersey, which will be worn by the Wallabies later this year.
The jersey, which is produced by ASICS, is the first of its kind in international rugby, and was revealed on Twitter this afternoon by Wallabies and Waratahs star, Kurtley Beale.
Beale is one of the very few top flight rugby players in Australia with indigenous heritage, and was the only indigenous member of last year’s Wallabies squad.
Interestingly, it was Beale who first called for the Wallabies to follow the trend of Super Rugby and NRL teams honouring native culture in jersey form, telling Rugby.com.au last year, “Even playing in a printed Wallaby gold jersey, I think that’d be, obviously going against some of the rules, but I think every code has definitely given some recognition to the Indigenous culture and I think moving forward rugby should be doing that as well.”
It seems that Beale’s words had a significant impact, as a year later, the former Wasp has been given the honour of revealing the jersey on his personal Twitter account, claiming that he was “So proud” to be the first person to wear the Indigenous design.
The Wallabies will wear their Indigenous jersey for the first time against the All Blacks on October 21 at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.