Wallabies to debut indigenous inspired jersey against the All Blacks

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For the first time in their history, the Wallabies will wear an indigenous-themed jersey when they face the All Blacks in October in the final Bledisloe Cup match.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 17:  Kurtley Beale poses during the Wallabies Indigenous Jersey Launch at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence on July 17, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Kurtley Beale poses during the Wallabies Indigenous Jersey Launch at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence on July 17, 2017 in Sydney, Australia

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The jersey, designed by a Sydney artist, was unveiled today by Wallabies utility-back Kurtley Beale, who is the only member of the current Wallabies side with indigenous ancestry.

"As a current indigenous Wallaby, I hope that by wearing this jersey I can do my family and my people proud," said Beale.

"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."

There have been 14 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players who have donned the Wallabies shirt, including notable names such as Mark Ella, Lloyd Walker and Wendell Sailor.

"Having an indigenous jersey is a real statement for Australian rugby and shows what we stand for," said Australian Rugby Union chief Bill Pulver.

"We are committed to making rugby a game for all, and a key part of this includes making rugby more accessible to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples."

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