• "I think moving forward rugby should be doing that as well": Kurtley Beale. (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Indigenous rugby star would like to see a special edition Wallabies jersey.
Beth Newman

9 May 2016 - 4:37 PM  UPDATED 9 May 2016 - 4:37 PM

Kurtley Beale is the only current Indigenous Wallaby and said he’d like to see more recognition of the Aboriginal culture come Test time.

“Even playing in a printed Wallaby gold jersey, I think that’d be, obviously going against some of the rules, but I think every code has definitely given some recognition to the Indigenous culture and I think moving forward rugby should be doing that as well,” he said.

“I'm sure there’s something in the next couple of years where we are paying respects to our Indigenous culture which I think is a fantastic thing for us to develop in our game.” 

The 27-year-old is a Durag man, from western Sydney, and as one of only a handful of Indigenous rugby players at the elite level, Beale said he felt a responsibility to be an ambassador for his culture.

“I’ve got a huge responsibility in that regard, representing my family but also my people and I think that’s important I understand that and it’s a huge responsibility.“

"I feel like it definitely it’s good that I can give a little bit of hope to a lot of the young Indigenous people out there striving for greatness in rugby so I’m in the privileged position to do that and I’m very proud."

Beale said the Wallabies environment under Michael Cheika has worked to embrace a kaleidoscope of cultures.

“With Cheik now involved he’s obviously paid a lot of respect to how many different backgrounds and cultures are actually involved in the Wallabies and going forward I think that’s important,” he said.

Beale is still contemplating a move overseas, saying he would be deciding soon where his rugby future lay.

The Wallabies back said he was confident whatever he decided wouldn’t affect the relationship with Cheika, who was a pivotal force in turning Beale’s career around.

“I think I need to do what’s right for me,” he said.

“No doubt that relationship can still continue.

“The length of the process of it (shows) it’s been a tough decision and we’re trying to get everything right and because there’s a lot of people involved.

“Ultimately it comes down to my decision but it will come out soon and I’ve just got do that right.”

This article first appeared on rugby.com.au.

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