‘Monumental moment’: Beale bursting with pride over Indigenous jersey

Beale was stood down from the match at Twickenham for breaching team protocols and would have been devastated to not be able to run out with teammates for the first time in the Indigenous jersey on foreign soil.

Providing everything goes to plan Beale will get that opportunity against Uruguay in early October and the sense of occasion is not lost on the playmaker.

“To be able to wear the jersey on the world stage at the World Cup is a monumental moment,” Beale said. “It’s extremely special. To see the support behind the one jersey that acknowledges and represents the Indigenous people of this land is extremely powerful. A lot of people are connected to this jersey and that’s what it’s all about.

«At the end of the day when we are running out on the pitch, [it is about] having all the Australians connected and binding behind this jersey and supporting us all the way. No doubt we’ll be needing that later during the year at the World Cup. No doubt it will be a special occasion for all.”

Kurtley Beale in Australia's away strip for the Rugby World Cup, featuring the popular Indigenous jersey design by Dennis Golding.

Kurtley Beale in Australia’s away strip for the Rugby World Cup, featuring the popular Indigenous jersey design by Dennis Golding. Credit:AAP

The Indigenous jersey has always been a hit with fans and there has been some discussion about players wearing it in every Test.

While that appears unlikely and as much as Beale would probably like that to happen, he is realistic about the chances of it occurring.

“It took a fair while to be able to get to this stage where we are right now with the jersey,” Beale said. “We’re at a really good position and to have an opportunity to keep progressing would definitely be special. We need to just appreciate where we are right now with all the effort that’s been put behind the jersey.”

Beale was asked for his opinion on the news NSW Origin representatives Cody Walker and Josh Addo-Carr would not sing the national anthem because in their view it did not represent the country’s Indigenous people.

The 83-Test back said he would still sing the anthem before all Wallabies Tests but was interested in speaking to the pair about their motives.

“I still sing the national anthem,” Beale said. “I think we’ve just got to acknowledge where we are here today. We’re here speaking about the first Indigenous jersey being played at the World Cup by Australians. For me this is the right step. This is another step along the lines of reconciliation. It’s amazing that we’ve got it this far. I still think that’s there’s a lot more to do along the tracks. I might have to have a yarn to those guys to see where their mindset is on that to be able to make a proper comment on that.”

Former Wallaby Gary Ella was on deck at the jersey launch and spoke about the impact Beale had on younger generations.

Gary Ella speaking about the Indigenous jersey at Rugby Australia headquarters on Thursday morning.

Gary Ella speaking about the Indigenous jersey at Rugby Australia headquarters on Thursday morning. Credit:Peter Rae

“He’s been vital,” Ella said. “Kurtley being a bit of a focus with the rugby and wearing the jersey, it gives people time to think about our history, our issues that we’re taking forward and where we look to be in the future.

“Kurtley’s been a great ambassador for the game and for Aboriginal people in that aspect.”

Tom Decent is a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald

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