This week, when the Parramatta Eels take on the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium on Friday 11 May, the Blue & Gold will run out in their 2018 Indigenous Jersey.
The NRL will celebrate Indigenous Round during Round 10, with every player and match official wearing Indigenous inspired jerseys for just the second time in NRL Telstra Premiership history.
Launched on the traditional lands of the Turrubal and Yuggera People at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Indigenous Round will see the NRL use its extensive reach to highlight significant social issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – including promoting respectful and positive behaviours across communities.
Welcome to Country ceremonies will occur at all matches, as well as pre-match cultural performances and gift exchanges between Captains prior to kick-off.
The NRL, who has been working closely with Reconciliation Australia for more than a decade, will again use the round to promote and facilitate respect, trust and positive relationships between the rugby league community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The Parramatta Eels jersey is designed by Elle Binge Harrison who has titled the jersey 'Where the Eels lie down'.
The design incorporates the Parramatta river catchment system that runs from Sydney Harbour out to Parramatta. A Darug hunter is also illustrated on the jersey hunting the Eel.
Kick off in the Bulldogs v Eels Round Ten clash is at 7:50pm. Click through to purchase your tickets to the clash: https://eels.co/2ImLO2j
To purchase the Eels Indigenous Jersey, click here. https://eels.co/2vNcV1v