Every hand-print tells a story according to Rabbitohs skipper and proud Dunghutti man, Greg Inglis, which is part of the reason why he is so proud to wear this years’ Indigenous jersey.
With South Sydney’s Indigenous players given the opportunity to contribute to the unique strip with their hand-prints in consultation with designer, Nikita Ridgeway, the end result is far more than a piece of Rabbitohs kit.
“I think every hand tells a story,” said Inglis.
“The story behind hand-painting and hand-prints is to tell the story of Indigenous culture, and storytelling is something massive in our culture – it’s no different anywhere in the world.
“I think it’s vitally important that South Sydney came to the players and asked if they wanted input into the jersey.
“I think it’s a great initiative and a really good step forward of what this Club is about.
“I felt really proud and honoured to have a little bit of input into it.”
The Test, Origin, and Indigenous All Stars player also emphasised the importance of identity – particularly when it comes to Indigenous youth.
“Having an identity as a kid is very important,” said Inglis.
“You really get a sense of who you are and where you’re from and you carry that throughout your journey of life.
“To actually stand here before you and actually tell you about my upbringing, it’s pretty significant and to be where I am today – I wouldn’t be here without the people around me back home.”
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