Beale reveals Indigenous jersey

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by Beth Newman

Wallabies centre Kurtley Beale has revealed the design of Australia's first Indigenous jersey on Thursday night.

Beale was a vocal advocate of the introduction of such a jersey, speaking to RUGBY.com.au last year, and his dream has come to fruition.

The 28-year-old posted a picture to Twitter wearing the jersey for the first time, writing: "So proud to reveal the 1st Indigenous @QantasWallabies jersey! I hope I can run out in it against the All Blacks on Oct 21."

The Wallabies will wear the jersey, designed by Sydney artist Dennis Golding, in the third Bledisloe on October 21.

>Fourteen symbols on the jersey serve to commemorate the communities of Australia's 14 Indigenous Wallabies - Cecil Ramalli, Lloyd McDermott, Mark, Glen and Gary Ella, Lloyd Walker, Andrew Walker, Jim Williams, Wendell Sailor, Timana Tahu, Anthony and Saia Faingaa, Beale and Matt Hodgson.

>Beale said the jersey would be a symbol for all Australians. 

“All Australians – indigenous and non-indigenous – will be able to wear this jersey and embrace what it represents, so I think it’s a really important step towards reconciliation," he said.

“There are heaps of young Indigenous kids out there who are really talented at rugby, and I hope this jersey helps inspire them to strive to reach their goals in rugby and in life. This is a great way to pay respect to the Indigenous community, and also encourage more people from Indigenous backgrounds to get involved in rugby in the future.”

Beale will return to Australia in the coming weeks ahead of his return to the Wallabies and Waratahs, with August 19's opening Bledisloe Test earmarked as his return date.

>He will have some competition for the inside centre spot, though, with Karmichael Hunt's emergence during June, after Reece Hodge took over the spot at the back end of 2016 when Beale was injured.

>The jersey will go on sale on Tuesday July 11, at wallabyshop.com.au and anywhere Asics products are sold.

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