The St George Illawarra Dragons have unveiled their Indigenous jersey ahead of Friday night's clash against the Cronulla Sharks at UOW Jubilee Oval, Kogarah.
Designed by local artist Lani Balzan, the Dragons' Indigenous jersey is headlined by a hand print on the bottom-right which represents the significance of the artwork and the importance of reconciliation.
The sternum piece above the Red V represents Indigenous ancestors and the dreaming, while the feather represents wisdom and respect.
The Dragons' traditional Red V will remain, albeit with its own Indigenous spin on it, while other totems like the whale – representing strength and courage, and the serpent – representing the importance of life, round out the jersey.
For the first time ever, all 16 NRL teams will wear specially designed jerseys for this weekend's Indigenous Round.
Attached to Indigenous Round in 2017 are two significant milestones:
· The 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum which allowed Australian states and territories to make laws in support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and to count them in the census, and;
· The 25th anniversary of the 1992 High Court Mabo decision that recognised native title for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
You can pre-order the St George Illawarra Dragons' 2017 Indigenous Jersey from the Dragons Team Store.