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    Quote Originally Posted by beige View Post
    At the pro rugby level all I can think of are Matt Hodgson, Kurtley Beale and the Faingaas. Am I forgetting anyone?
    There has only been something like 14 indigenous wallabies since 1788 (thanks for the year Andrew). Shows that historically it's a pretty piss poor representation. More needs to be done to get indigenous kids playing rugby professionally

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandgroperrugby View Post
    I love the jersey and what it stands for. It represents the first Australians, is undeniably Australian and could not be confused for anything else. I see this as representing the whole of Australia as it is part of our history and heritage. That small percentage of our population when placed into years represents the majority of our history.
    Cant really add anymore to the thread than that.
    Like i said initially. Anything that respectfully highlights our indigenous heritage for an international audience is absolutely OK by me.

    Personally I wouldn't lose any sleep if it was made permanent and then possibly changed to drawings from a different geographical location annually. But that's just me; probably a bit too progressive for the ARU.

    I think it livens up the jersey, without taking away from it still being a gold wallaby jersey - on some of the forwards there is a lot of gold(yellow if you read the roar) and it's nice to see it changed up

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    Quote Originally Posted by beige View Post
    At the pro rugby level all I can think of are Matt Hodgson, Kurtley Beale and the Faingaas. Am I forgetting anyone?
    Andrew Walker is the only other one I can remember and possibly Jim Williams - just?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shasta View Post
    Andrew Walker is the only other one I can remember and possibly Jim Williams - just?
    from wiki's list of indigenous Austrlian Sportspeople.
    the differential between Union and some of the other sports is staggering when you look at it in a list

    Kurtley Beale
    Nathan Blacklock
    Shannon Walker
    Burnum Burnum
    Matt Hodgson
    Gary Ella[4][5]
    Glen Ella[4][6]
    Mark Ella[4][7]
    Anthony Fainga'a
    Saia Fainga'a
    Colby Fainga'a
    Frank Ivory
    Milton Thaiday
    Andrew Walker
    Jim Williams
    Will Chambers
    Lloyd McDermott - He was the first Indigenous player to represent Australia.[8]
    Timana Tahu

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...le#Rugby_Union

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    Quote Originally Posted by shasta View Post
    Andrew Walker is the only other one I can remember and possibly Jim Williams - just?
    I was thinking currently active at the pro level (I assume Hodgo would still be available for the Wallabies if called up). I'm not counting Walker playing at the Brisbane Tens this year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by beige View Post
    I was thinking currently active at the pro level (I assume Hodgo would still be available for the Wallabies if called up). I'm not counting Walker playing at the Brisbane Tens this year!
    He's probably still sore from it

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    Quote Originally Posted by jono View Post
    from wiki's list of indigenous Austrlian Sportspeople.
    the differential between Union and some of the other sports is staggering when you look at it in a list

    Kurtley Beale
    Nathan Blacklock
    Shannon Walker
    Burnum Burnum
    Matt Hodgson
    Gary Ella[4][5]
    Glen Ella[4][6]
    Mark Ella[4][7]
    Anthony Fainga'a
    Saia Fainga'a
    Colby Fainga'a
    Frank Ivory
    Milton Thaiday
    Andrew Walker
    Jim Williams
    Will Chambers
    Lloyd McDermott - He was the first Indigenous player to represent Australia.[8]
    Timana Tahu

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...le#Rugby_Union
    I'm embarrassed at not remembering all those Mungos. Especially the one I mentioned earlier.

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    Speaking of Mungos; I know Wikipedia is not a reliable resource. And I know he's low profile and all, but how could they omit GIGSY's favourite Mungo - Wendell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shasta View Post
    Speaking of Mungos; I know Wikipedia is not a reliable resource. And I know he's low profile and all, but how could they omit GIGSY's favourite Mungo - Wendell.
    was Viv Richards.....oh....don't worry...as you were.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shasta View Post
    Andrew Walker is the only other one I can remember and possibly Jim Williams - just?
    Hostile takeover in your memory by union.

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    Jim Williams was a number 8 - I think he scored a try for the Australia A vs British and Irish Lions At Gosford. But I had a few by then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exile View Post
    Jim Williams was a number 8 - I think he scored a try for the Australia A vs British and Irish Lions At Gosford. But I had a few by then.
    I remember him playing on the wing in a Shute Shield grand final in the 90s! The traditional migration forward with age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beige View Post
    I was thinking currently active at the pro level (I assume Hodgo would still be available for the Wallabies if called up). I'm not counting Walker playing at the Brisbane Tens this year!
    Jim Williams is probably out too.

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    Speaking of merchandise, here's a rather strange Western Force training shirt I have purchased off eBay to be an obscure part of my collection. It is not listed as being part of any of the official training or supporters range, so I can only assume it was a rejected prototype, and I can't blame them for rejecting it, in the design sense.
    Hopefully we'll be staying in competition, otherwise I'm calling it my "Force going down in flames" shirt...


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