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The St George Illawarra Dragons proudly welcomed former first-grade player Dean Widders who provided insight into the importance of Indigenous Round at WIN Stadium, Wollongong on Monday.

Widders, a former first-grade player with the Sydney Roosters, Parramatta Eels, South Sydney Rabbitohs and Castleford Tigers, met with players prior training to provide a greater understanding on Indigenous culture.

Widders was awarded the NRL's Ken Stephens Medal for his positive work with youth in the community in 2004 before being appointed to the Federal Government's National Indigenous Council in 2006.

Widders is also an Ambassador for the National Aboriginal Sports Corporation Australia (NASCA).

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The Dragons will proudly wear their Indigenous jersey against the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park on Thursday.

The unique design of the jersey will have a special relevance as both teams will take the field in their respective individually designed strips to celebrate the indigenous culture within our communities.

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The jersey itself was designed by local aboriginal artist Lani Balzan, who when asked to design the strip, said she wanted to show the strong connection traditional owners have always had with country.

Balzan is the recent winner of the 2016 NAIDOC Week Poster which is presently being viewed nationwide before being presented during the annual NAIDOC Ball in Darwin.

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Acknowledgement of Country

St George Illawarra Dragons respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples, where our games are played, our programs are conducted and in the communities we support.

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