The Sydney Roosters are pleased to announce that they will be wearing a specially designed Indigenous jersey against the Eels on Mothers Day for the annual Indigenous Round.
The jersey represents and acknowledges the local Eastern Suburbs region, as well as incorporating the totems of the five Sydney Roosters Indigenous players.
The Goanna represents Blake Ferguson and Connor Watson from the Wiradjuri Nation, the Shark represents Latrell Mitchell from the Biripi Nation and Lightning and Thunder represents Chris Smith and his Northern Territory family tribe.
The Whale represents up-and-coming Rooster Grant Garvey and the Sydney Roosters of the Eora Nation.
The surrounding patterns and designs are symbolic of the salt-water Aboriginal communities placed upon the South-Eastern coastline.
Each symbol echoes imagery from the ocean, forming a protective barrier around the totems of the players positioned in the centre.
The symbols reflect ripples in the water and erosions in the sand. The design not only highlight the coastal Aboriginal communities but also represent the iconic image of Bondi, the home of the Sydney Roosters.
The 2017 Indigenous jersey was designed by La Perouse artist Jordan Ardler and will go on sale to the public soon.