Australian Rugby Union President ARU admits the Federation’s rules need to be modified, to encourage more Aboriginal and Torres Islander players, to choose this sport to build their careers.
The Federation launched the Medication Action Plan that coincided with the Indigenous Reconciliation Week and much to do to solve the problem, which the Football Bureau AFL and NRL have shown better in this area.
The Australian Rugby Union for short, called ARU, now seeks to move more deeply with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
It is known that this sport has a few typical cases of Aboriginal players like Kurtley Baele and Matt Hodgson, but Mr. Bill Pulver, ARU President said that the number is still much lower than that of the Football Bureau.
“We talked a lot with the former Wallabies players, Aboriginal or Torres Islanders, and you really have a good feeling that, while I think we have made a lot of progress. In many cases, they don’t feel we are making progress, so we have to do better”.
The new Mediation Action Program will increase ARU’s relationship with the development team called Lloyd McDermott, to help Aboriginal rugby players join for the past 20 years.
There will also be a special video screened before the matches, in matches between teams in Australia. Foreign teams visiting Australia will be awarded a traditional Aboriginal cane, as a celebration.
Former Wallaby national player Gary Ella, a member of the Lloyd McDermott Foundation, said he felt ARU was increasingly interested in Aboriginal talents.
“You know, they are showing this goal, by funding the said plan. They combine programs together and make sure that plans show that Aboriginal people are highly respected. a lot of”.
In addition to respecting Aboriginal traditions, it can also help to achieve achievements, if not only for one generation. It is known that Ella’s brothers were famous in the football world in the 1980s, but since then, only a few Aboriginal talents have appeared.
One of the main reasons for this is the fact that the rules of competitive Rugby Games are AFL and NRL, ensuring that many Aboriginal players are in their shirt colors.