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This October, the Qantas Wallabies will wear an Indigenous jersey to commemorate the role of Indigenous Australians in rugby’s past, present and future. The ARF is a proud supporter of Indigenous Rugby and we look forward to seeing the team wear the jersey when they play New Zealand at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, on 21 October in the final 2017 Bledisloe Cup match.
The Indigenous jersey was designed by Dennis Golding, a young Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay artist from Redfern in Sydney, and shows the Wallabies, Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities coming together as one. This artwork shows as a representation of the Australian Rugby Union Wallabies and also reflects on Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities coming together as one. The name Wallaby also known as walabi or wulaba comes from the Aboriginal language of the Gadigal people of Eora Country (Sydney) which means rock wallaby. As a member of the kangaroo family, the Wallaby is known for its strong tail and powerful hind legs which gives them great speed, balance and support.
Through the centre of the artwork, the wallaby is shown as a symbol for moving forward and who travels through many lands and communities whilst facing obstacles along the way. As the wallaby can only move forward and not backward, these movements highlight the strength, respect and courage that also link with the aims and goals by the ARU to celebrate sport, culture and community.
The layers of circular symbols and patterns depict many camps, communities and people who all meet around the centre of the wallaby to work, share and connect with one another. In honour of the 14 Indigenous players who've previously played in the Wallabies squad, they are depicted as the 14 symbols surrounding the wallaby which celebrates their communities and contribution to the game.