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Former Souths Cares Ambassador and Rabbitohs fullback, David Peachey, was today appointed to the Australian Rugby League Indigenous Council, an outfit that provides strategic advice on Indigenous issues in the game.

The former Rabbitoh and State of Origin representative has been an advocate for Indigenous opportunity both during his playing career, and in retirement through his role with Souths Cares and other organisations.

Australian Rugby League Commission Chairman John Grant is pleased with Peacheys appointment.

Everyone in Rugby League admires Davids commitment to seeing Indigenous communities and Indigenous athletes reach their true potential, said Grant at a press conference.

He does some simply fantastic work and has proven a genuine leader on social issues across a national stage.

David is someone who understands more than anyone the role that Rugby League can play in closing the opportunity gap that exists between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and will be able to offer important advice to the Council and to the game.

Peachey was ecstatic to learn of his appointment today, citing the high quality of his colleagues and the chance to help strengthen Indigenous communities through Rugby League.

It is exciting to be part of a Council that brings together such an impressive group of people and which is so passionate about the game that I love, said Peachey.

The fact that the Council is recognised as being such an important part of the game says a lot about where Rugby League has come over the years since I started playing.

I look forward to working with the other Council members to help provide a voice for grassroots Indigenous communities and to help those communities grow through Rugby League.

The Chair of the Australian Rugby League Indigenous Council, the Hon Linda Burney MP, also welcomed Peacheys appointment.

David has been an inspirational figure for indigenous communities over many years, Ms Burney said.

Not only has he played at the highest levels but he has always remained connected to the grassroots and to his community.

He is a true leader who will bring an important voice to the Council.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs wish to congratulate David on his appointment, as well as wishing him the best for his continuing good work in the Indigenous and Rugby League community.
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