Aboriginal NRL star Cody Walker refuses to sing the national anthem before the first state of origin
Aboriginal NRL star Cody Walker will refuse to sing the national anthem for his first game of State of Origin – and legendary player Johnathan Thurston supports him
- The native rugby league star Cody Walker chooses not to sing the national anthem
- Walker chose not to sing a national anthem in February during the Indigenous All Star game
- He said he will continue that trend in the upcoming State of Origin series
- Rugby competition great Johnathan Thurston supported Walker & # 39; s decision
A native rugby league star has announced that he will remain silent while playing the Australian national anthem prior to his very first game with the state of origin.
South Sydney Rabbitohs and Blues debutant Cody Walker from New South Wales, 29, also chose not to sing the Australian national anthem before the start of the Indigenous All Stars game in February.
He told The Sydney Morning Herald he did not choose & # 39; court controversy & # 39; but rather because it is an attitude that his family had long cherished.
The native rugby competition tester Cody Walker (pictured with his family) has announced that he will remain silent while playing the Australian national anthem prior to his very first game of the state of origin
& # 39; I don't challenge my opinion about anyone, it's just how I and my family have grown up and how I feel. I have already expressed my opinion and I want to repeat that it is just my opinion, & he said to the publication.
The rugby competition, the great and recently retired superstar Johnathan Thurston, supported Walker and said he was surprised that no bigger deal had been made after the game Indigenous All Stars.
& # 39; I thought the team leadership was great. Cody Walker came out after the game and said the national anthem does not represent him or his family. I don't remember anyone coming out of the game and still having a discussion about it, & he said.
Brad Fittler, coach of New South Wales, said that while he himself would sing the national anthem, he would still support his five-eighth's decision.
Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga was questioned about the game Indigenous All Stars about what his thoughts were about players who chose not to sing the national anthem, especially while playing for that country.
& # 39; We expect them to sing the national anthem, but I also support it, if it is offensive to native Australians, let's have a discussion about it, & # 39; he said.
The debutant from South Sydney Rabbitohs and New South Wales Blues also chose not to sing the Australian national anthem before the start of the Indigenous All Stars game in February (photo)
After the native All-Stars game, Walker (photo) said he hoped that a discussion would arise about the national anthem
After the native game All Stars, Walker said he hoped that a discussion would arise about the national anthem.
& # 39; It brings back so many memories of what happened and I think it is something that everyone as a group, and everyone in Australia, needs to work something out & # 39 ;, he said during the press conference. the match.
& # 39; I don't have an answer, but … as a country we have to come together and make some sort of decision together, I think that's the answer. & # 39;
Walker was selected as the starting 5-8 for the NSW Blues in the upcoming State of Origin Series, which started in Brisbane on June 5.
After being selected for his first appearance in the state of origin, the father of two said he could not wait to tell the children & # 39;
"To be honest, I couldn't wait to come home and tell the kids, just the excitement on their face … it was a great feeling," he said 2 GB radio.
& # 39; But that doesn't mean anything if I don't go out and do my job on Wednesday night. & # 39;
At the age of 29 Walker will be the oldest player to make his debut in the state of origin as a start five-eighth.
At the age of 29, Walker will be the oldest player to debut in State of Origin as the start five-eighth when the series starts in Brisbane on June 5
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