Australia will wear an indigenous-themed jersey for at least one Rugby World Cup match, it has been revealed in rugby media.
Australia has donned a shirt paying tribute to Aborigines’ role in rugby twice before — at home against the All Blacks in 2017 and away to England last year. Australia plan to do the same with an indigenous-themed alternate strip in the World Cup group game against Uruguay.
“I’m extremely proud and honored to hopefully have the opportunity to wear this in the World Cup,” said Wallabies star Kurtley Beale, who is of Aboriginal heritage, in unveiling the shirt.
“It’s obviously a special moment, a pinnacle moment for Australian rugby to be able to recognize and acknowledge first nations peoples in such a beautiful jersey.”
Australia open its campaign against Fiji on September 21 in Sapporo. Wales, Georgia and Uruguay are also in the same group.