Country rugby club announces inaugural Indigenous round & scholarship

Here’s some pretty damning stats for you. As of 2014, 888 players had represented the Wallabies and just 13 of them were of Indigenous descent – that’s 1.46 per cent of Australian players. In 2011, of the entire Super Rugby players pool just five were Indigenous – yes, just five. These numbers are a huge factor in why Orange Emus Rugby Club in Central West NSW has decided to devote this weekend to celebrating Australian culture, by hosting its first ever Indigenous round. The club’s under 17s will wear special jerseys – they’re playing Orange City under lights after first grade – which will be auctioned off. But Emus have gone one massive step further as well. “We’re very proud to announce we’re establishing an Indigenous scholarship, to try and keep these young Indigenous kids in rugby and help them on and off the field,” Emus under 17s co-coach Tom Goolagong, also the pioneer behind this weekend, told the Central Western Daily. �
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