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Australian Rugby pros boycott Championship match over Gay Pride jersey
Seven players from an Australian National Rugby League (NRL) team will boycott a key championship match this week over their team’s decision to wear a gay pride jersey, prompting criticism from the club’s first openly gay player. The Manly Sea Eagles’s one-off jersey has rainbow stripes and a rainbow collar – in place of the regular white sections – to support LGBTQ inclusion in sports, and the club planned to use it for one game against Sydney Roosters.
Josh Aloiai, Jason Saab, Christian Tuipulotu, Josh Schuster, Haumole Olakau’atu, Tolu Koula and Toafofoa Sipley are the players standing down for Thursday’s match, which could prove pivotal to the club’s chances of making the NRL finals. Players weren’t consulted over the new kit and some object to the move on religious and cultural grounds, according to the team’s coach Des Hasler.