Wallabies will wear special indigenous green jersey against All Blacks
The Wallabies will be wearing a specially designed green indigenous jersey against the All Blacks in the third Bledisloe Cup contest on October 21.
The players will wear the jerseys to honour the contribution of indigenous Wallabies.
Kurtley Beale, one of 14 indigenous Australians to have worn the green and gold jersey, was moved to tears when presenting the jersey at a function in Sydney on Monday and said it would be "unbelievable" to wear it in Brisbane for the third test.
"You don't understand how important it is for myself and the other indigenous players past and present to stand up and be role models for young indigenous kids out there who are aspiring to be professional athletes," he said.
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"It's something that I hold close to my heart and I think it's a great step forward."
Beale said he was eyeing off the No 12 Galloping Greens jersey ahead of the international season.
He touched down in Sydney on Thursday following a stint with UK Premiership side Wasps.
The 28-year-old is in line to make his Wallabies return on August 19 against New Zealand but after a stint on the sidelines knows he has some stiff competition with Karmichael Hunt and Reece Hodge, who will also come into coach Michael Cheika's thinking.
Asked what number he would like to wear on the back of a Wallabies jersey, Beale nominated No.12 – inside-centre – as his first preference.
"Being in the [match day] 23 would be awesome but I'll definitely push my foot forward for that No.12 jersey," Beale said. "There's some young talent coming through. Reece Hodge has been amazing filling that spot. Recently, Karmichael Hunt has put up his hand. He's a very, very talented player with a lot of good skill. His defence is pretty special.
"You've got Izzy [Folau] that can play 13 as well, [Tevita] Kuridrani [too]. We've got some great talent in those positions. I'm looking forward to battling it out with those guys."
With the Waratahs' Super Rugby season now done and dusted, the only chance Beale would have to get minutes under his belt before the Bledisloe opener would be for Randwick in the Shute Shield.
While it would be brilliant to see Beale have a run for the Galloping Greens, he believes he will be right to face New Zealand without any game time leading in.
"I've played enough rugby to be able to get back there when I'm ready," Beale said.
Randwick president and former Wallabies coach Bob Dwyer said it was in Beale's best interest to have a run around at Coogee Oval.
"He needs a few games at Randwick to get him back playing," Dwyer said. "I'm sure the club will be in touch with him. He probably needs to play 40 minutes and then build up to 80 minutes."
After what has been Australian rugby's toughest-ever year in regards to Super Rugby results, Beale is taking a positive outlook on the whole situation.
He watched from afar the Wallabies managed just six wins from 15 tests last year to go with the Waratahs' four victories from 15 attempts in Super Rugby this season.
Although Beale will not join the Waratahs squad until after the test season in January, he has made it his mission to mentor young NSW players and help the club rebuild.
"It's a bit of a transition period," Beale said. "A lot of these kids are learning about the game and how we can grow and be better in the following years. I'm looking forward to getting back and getting back to the Tahs and helping these young kids and adding to the squad."
One man who cannot wait for Beale's return is head coach Daryl Gibson, given the Waratahs have sorely missed Beale's spark in attack.
"He certainly adds something different to our backline," Gibson said. "He's got that creative, unstructured aspect to his play. He plays very instinctive so I think he'll have an excellent impact. We haven't signed an outside-centre, which is more the concern."
- Sydney Morning Herald and Reuters