NRL dumps national anthem for All Stars match

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The Australian national anthem will not be played before the All Stars match between the NRL's Indigenous and Mãori allstars teams | sarah_keoghan

The Australian national anthem will not be played before the All Stars match between the NRL's Indigenous and Mãori allstars teams.

In the same meeting, the two organisations decided they will trial a new "Captain's Challenge" system at the All Stars as well as the Charity Shield game between the Rabbitohs and the Dragons on February 29.Under the new rule, the captain will be the only player allowed to challenge a decision. Sides will be permitted one unsuccessful challenge per game and will nominate a second player to take on the responsibility if the captain leaves the field.

In December, ARLC boss Peter V’landys met with a number of leading Indigenous players, including Joel Thompson and Mitchell, to gauge their thoughts on whether the anthem should be scrapped.V'landys said the scrapping of the anthem was vital in demonstrating one of the important roles of the Commission to consult with players on impact the game.

Former NFL star Kaepernick sparked heated argument in America after kneeling during the US anthem in 2016 in protest at the country's treatment of black people.

 

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sarah_keoghan Not a great fan of our current national anthem but as it is the only one we legitimately have I believe if you call yourself Australian you should be obliged to respect what it stands for

sarah_keoghan Go Woke - Go Broke Just ask Rugby Australia.

sarah_keoghan Hake will be done. What do Indigenous ones here do? Nothing like that

sarah_keoghan Good , I wouldn't play that anthem ever again

sarah_keoghan No injection of pomp required

sarah_keoghan ridiculous to even play the anthem when it's not an international game between Australia and another country

sarah_keoghan Better still scrap the match all together. This black V white divide is made much worst by events like this. I for one will not be watching it!

sarah_keoghan I should hope so.

sarah_keoghan Internationalists need the west to erase their history to usher in a new world, cleansed of the memory of what European's fought for. Slowly yet methodically the family structure got eroded, civil liberties eroded, and finally anthems, books and borders. They need our dependency.

sarah_keoghan We overuse the anthem anyway, only need it when national teams are playing or significant national events ie ANZAC day match or grand final

sarah_keoghan Good call

sarah_keoghan whocare

sarah_keoghan Very wrong

sarah_keoghan ā

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