According to reports, seven Manly players won’t be playing against the Sydney Roosters on Thursday because of the team’s inclusive uniform.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Josh Aloiai, Jason Saab, Christian Tuipulotu, Josh Schuster, Haumole Olakau’atu, Tolutau Koula, and Toafofoa Sipley have all redrew their support for over the pride jersey.
All seven players are opposed to wearing the jersey for religious reasons, and it is believed that neither they nor their teammates were consulted when the jumper was chosen.
Sea Eagles coach Des Hasler allegedly told the players that he understood their situation and supported their decision not to play.
Manly will allegedly host an emergency meeting on Tuesday to try to address the matter, which has put them in a vulnerable position ahead of the Round 20 match at Brookvale Oval.
The shirt, dubbed “Everyone in League,” was introduced on Monday to commemorate the NRL’s diversity and inclusivity.
The rainbow colors replace the typical white piping on the maroon background, making Manly the first NRL team in rugby league’s 134-year history to wear a pride shirt.
source: The Daily Mail