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Wallaroos unveil First Nations jersey

Mon, 02/05/2022, 2:26 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
Wallaroos flyer Mahalia Murphy catches up with some of her teammates during camp at the Gold Coast.

The Wallaroos have unveiled their First Nations jersey, set to be worn during their clash with Japan on May 10.

The jersey is designed by Noongar Artist Seantelle Walsh, depicting the connection between women and their spirit, as well as the connection with the Dreamtime and overcoming barriers.

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“We have spoken a lot around how we represent Australia and our First Nations culture, and I think this jersey depicts all the key values we have in the side," Wallaroos coach Jay Tregonning said in a statement.

“Not only is this jersey significant to our current squad but to the whole women’s Rugby community in Australia, and the playing group couldn’t be more honoured to wear the strip.

“The inclusion of this jersey brings another level of importance to this upcoming match against Japan - it has added a whole other level of inspiration to everyone here in camp, and the players really feel privileged to be a part of this historic moment.”

It will be the first time in program history they will wear a First Nations kit, which will culminate a week of celebrating First Nations culture on the Gold Coast during the Wallaroos' 'Road To New Zealand' series.

“It is a truly historic occasion for the Buildcorp Wallaroos to be able to announce the debut of the First Nations-inspired jersey as our official alternative kit," RA CEO Andy Marinos added.

“I would like to thank Seantelle Walsh on her truly inspiring design and being able to share with us her connection to Whadjuk (Perth) country, as well as her continued efforts to encourage cultural diversity with a contemporary perspective on Aboriginal Art and Culture.

“I would also like to thank Mark Brunton and his team at ASICS for their support this year in the creation of both our Buildcorp Wallaroos jerseys - we could not ask for a more supportive partner.

“As a team and Rugby family, we pride ourselves on our values of inclusivity and teamwork, and now both of our jerseys will do this; being inclusive of all Australians.”

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