The Australian Rugby League Commission has announced that the national anthem will not be played at this year’s NRL All Stars match.
The decision following advice from the ARL Indigenous Council.
ARLC chairman Peter V’landys said: “We have listened to our players’ concerns that the words of the anthem do not represent them or their families.
“Advance Australia Fair was written in 1878 and does not include an acknowledgement of First Nations people.
“The All Stars game was created as a celebration of Indigenous players and their culture. We respect their wishes and have agreed that the anthem will not be played.”
This year’s event in Robina marks the 10-year anniversary of the first All Stars game, devised by former player Preston Campbell to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
Several indigenous players refused to sing the national anthem ahead of last year’s State of Origin matches.