Kangaroos to wear commemorative jersey against England

England will not be the only team wearing a special commemorative jersey on Sunday, when they face Australia in the Four Nations in Melbourne.

The Kangaroos will also be turning out in something different from their usual green and gold.

The team will wear a maroon and sky blue hooped jersey, to mark the centenary of the Rorke’s Drift Test which took place in Melbourne in 1914.

The colours chosen reflect the state colours of Queensland and New South Wales, made especially famous across the rugby league world over the last four decades by State of Origin.

“It’s always an honour to wear the green and gold but to wear the colours of the original Kangaroos is a real privilege,” Kangaroos captain Cameron Smith said.

“We are forever mindful of the future of the Kangaroos but it’s so important to also remember and honour those who played before us.

“The Rorke’s Drift Test is one of the most famous Test matches of all time, so to be able to celebrate it on such a stage, against England at AAMI Park, will be special for me as well as for my teammates.”

England will wear a special red and white hooped jersey to mark the courageous performance by Harold Wagstaff’s team at Melbourne in 1914, when they overcame a crippling injury list to win 14-6.


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