NSW winger Josh Addo-Carr is the latest player to announce that he will not join in when the Australian national anthem is played during the State of Origin opener in Brisbane.
The news comes after fellow Blues teammate Cody Walker pledged to do the same earlier this week, with the Rabbitohs star saying it ‘does not represent me or my family’.
Addo-Carr had a similar taking, yet both players have made this stand by choice – and not intending to make it a player movement but will stand in silence when Advance Australia Fair is played through the speakers of Suncorp Stadium.
“I respect what he said. We are Australians too. Indigenous people were the first people here, on the land.” Addo-Carr told Sydney Morning Herald.
“I have full support of Cody’s decision and I will be behind him all the way.”
In February earlier this year, both Addo-Carr and Walker featured for the Indigenous All Stars team, as Walker stood in silence when the national tune was played prior to the match against Maori All Stars.
Since then, the Melbourne winger has given more thought on the matter, and wants to see more representation of the Indigenous community as we move forward.
“The anthem doesn’t represent us as Indigenous people,” he said. “We have to change it.”
The Storm star added that he hasn’t taken part in singing the anthem since his school years, a display that has only grown since entering the league.
“I’ve forgotten how to sing it. I haven’t been to school in about 10 years. I hardly sing it anyway,” he said.
“I am a proud Australian man but a proud Indigenous man, too. If it’s not going to stand for my people, why should I sing it?”
Earlier this week, Indigenous legend Jonathon Thurston backed the comments made by Walker, as the former Maroons star was taken back by the lack of discussion generated.
The State of Origin begins Wednesday 5th of June, with game one played at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.